maleficent mistress of evil review

To this day, Maleficent remains one of the outliers of the Disney live-action adaptation machine: a visually dazzling revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty that succeeded in being more than just a nostalgic grab bag of recreations of beloved animated moments. All of it was boosted by the strength of Angelina Jolie‘s bewitching turn as the titular Disney villain and a potent, if somewhat clumsily told, sexual assault metaphor. But after the 2014 film finished its retelling of Sleeping Beauty, what else could there be to tell? In Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, fairy genocide and dastardly politicking, apparently.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is an ambitious sequel that expands the world and once again pushes a socially relevant allegory to the forefront. It’s full of spectacular action sequences and awe-inspiring world building that is designed like a mix of Avatar meets The Dark Crystal. But this lofty sequel sacrifices all the storybook whimsy in favor of political intrigue and dark plots that are far too complicated to be wrapped up by a typical Disney happy ending, and end up landing with a thud.

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frozen 2 trailer

Elsa is no longer about concealing and not feeling. The Queen of Arendelle is fully embracing her powers in Frozen 2, Disney’s highly anticipated to its 2013 mega-hit Frozen. Disney has released a new Frozen 2 trailer, which shows Elsa letting her hair down (even more), and showing off never-before-seen ice powers. Watch the new Frozen 2 trailer below.

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Dolittle Trailer

After starring in the highest grossing film of all time this year, Robert Downey Jr. is slumming it with a bunch of animals in Victorian England early next year.

Dolittle puts a new spin on the classic tale of the man known for talking to animals. Looking like a cross between Pirates of the Caribbean, Sherlock Holmes and Life of Pi, the first Dolittle trailer shows off what feels like a haphazard adventure that just so happens to involve Dr. Dolittle. After you watch, you’ll understand why this movie is coming out in January next year. Read More »

New Cinderella Musical

Hot on the heels of rumors circulating that Billy Porter is being lined up to play the man-eating venus flytrap at the center of the Little Shop of Horrors remake over at Warner Bros. Pictures, it sounds like recent Emmy-winning Pose star will be getting musical elsewhere too with a new take on the classic fairytale Cinderella.

In case you didn’t hear, Sony Pictures is working on a reimagined musical version of Cinderella with singer Camila Cabello taking the titular role. As for Porter, he’s in talks to totally revamp the traditional the role of Cinderella’s fairy godmother, which would be quite the drastic and welcome spin on the character in the story. Porter will also joined by another musical powerhouse, Frozen voice actress and famed Broadway star Idina Menzel. Find out more about the Cinderella cast additions below. Read More »

Jungle Cruise Trailer

Following the massive success of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Disney is looking to another beloved Disney Parks attraction for their live-action films. Jungle Cruise is based on one of the first Disney Parks attractions, which takes passengers on a riverboat cruise through the major rivers of Asia, Africa, and South America. The film will narrow that location down to the Amazon, which serves as the mystical location of the mythic Tree of Life, which Dwayne Johnson‘s riverboat captain and Emily Blunt‘s scientist are searching for in the film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Watch the Jungle Cruise trailer below.

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onward trailer

Chris Pratt and Tom Holland are legging it across a magical realm on a magical quest to find a missing half of their father — literally. Well, kind of literally, as the new Onward trailer reveals. Pratt and Holland play two teenage elf brothers who are bestowed a gift by their late father that will bring him back to life for one day. But something goes awry, and the brothers must embark on a quest to find the missing half (that is, the torso and head) of their father. Watch the official Onward trailer below.

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white snake trailer

Chinese animated movies haven’t yet made a big mark on the U.S. market, but that could soon change with White Snake. The new animated feature from GKIDS, the animation distributor behind hits like Your NameWhite Snake adapts an ancient Chinese folk tale and turns it into an epic love story of mythic proportions. Watch the White Snake trailer below.

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atlantics trailer

Atlantics debuted at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews, winning the esteemed Grand Prix award and becoming Senegal’s pick to be considered for the Best International Feature Film Oscar. It was a magnificent feature directorial debut for French-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop, who became the first woman of African descent to have a film screen at the festival’s Competition section. Watch the Atlantics trailer below.

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His Dark Materials Trailer

Game of Thrones may be over, but HBO still plans to scratch your epic fantasy itch. His Dark Materials, a co-production with the BBC, premieres next month and the newest trailer is full of astonishing visuals, slick action, and fantastical world-building that should grab the attention of fans of the source material as well as those completely new to this world. Check it out below.

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Harry Potter Wallpaper

If you get bummed every now and then that you weren’t able to ship off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry when you turned 11 years old, we’ve got something that might soften the blow a little bit.

Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima are the artists responsible for creating the graphic style of all the Harry Potter movies. That includes posters for the Hogwarts text books, the Marauder’s Map, The Daily Prophet, The Black Family Tree, and much more. Now you can bring some of their incredible work home to decorate your house in the form of some incredibly detailed and amazing Harry Potter wallpaper created by Mina and Lima themselves. It looks straight out of the wizarding world. Read More »