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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil 1.0 stars

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Synopsis

For a while, near the end, this is a surprisingly solid PG war movie, full of grand-scale spectacle, fraught intimate battles, multiple shifts and twists, and violence that manages to feel significant without also traumatizing the youngsters in the target audience. Neat trick, that. Before and after, however, it’s a draggy, garish mashup of romance and politics — those royal weddings did have their uses, I suppose — that leaves star Angelina Jolie out in the cold. And she is a star here: something amazing to behold, an Old Hollywood glamour shot come to…well, not exactly come to life, but mobile, anyway. Her waxen, angular visage is a blend of Gloria Swanson, Joan Crawford, and Marlene Dietrich, and the effect, taken together with her astonishing and fabulous wardrobe (that neckline of bird skulls!), is riveting. Alas, the same can’t be said for her character, a strange blend of outer quips and inner conflict as she tries to decide whether her love for human goddaughter Aurora (Elle Fanning) can be extended to the rest of marauding humanity. It’s a tough call, what with White Queen Michelle Pfeiffer stealing every scene through sheer campy villainy. There’s something sadly inspired in the notion of a fairy tale serving as a warmonger’s fake news, which makes Joachim Rønning’s effort here more of an underserved good idea than anything else.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 1 hour, 58 minutes

Rated: PG

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Showtimes

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AMC Classic River Village 6

5256 Mission Road, Bonsall. 760-945-1365

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    2 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    4 p.m., 7 p.m.

AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego. 888-262-4386

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    2:15 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 8:10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego. 888-262-4386

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    3:30 p.m., 6:25 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    3:30 p.m., 6:25 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

AMC Otay Ranch

2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista. 888-262-4386

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    2:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    4:50 p.m., 7:35 p.m.

AMC Palm Promenade

770 Dennery Road, Chula Vista. 888-262-4386

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    1:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    1:35 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

AMC Plaza Bonita

3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City. 888-262-4386

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:40 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    2:10 p.m., 5:05 p.m., 8:05 p.m.

AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway. 858-646-9423

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    3:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m.

AMC Temecula 10

27531 Ynez Road, Temecula, CA. 951-699-4970

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    1:15 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    1:15 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.

Angelika Film Center & Café

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego. 858-207-2606

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    10:40 a.m., 1:25 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    10:40 a.m., 1:25 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    10:40 a.m., 1:25 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 10 p.m.

ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego. 858-768-7770

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    10:05 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:55 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    10:05 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:55 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    10:10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:55 p.m.

Cinépolis Del Mar

12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar. 858-794-4045

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    11:30 a.m., 1:50 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    10:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Cinépolis La Costa

6941 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. 760-603-8638

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    12:15 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    12:15 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista. 760-945-7469

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    10:30 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    10:30 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

Edwards Mira Mesa

10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego. 858-635-7716

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    11 a.m., 1:55 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    11 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    11 a.m., 1:55 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 10:50 p.m.

The LOT

7611 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA. 858-777-0069

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    12:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    12:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    12:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa. 619-465-3040

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    11:45 a.m., 2:25 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:25 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    11:45 a.m., 2:25 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:25 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    11:45 a.m., 2:25 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:25 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego. 858-274-9994

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    11:05 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    11:05 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    11:05 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m.

Regal Carlsbad 12

2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. 844-462-7342

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    12:25 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:25 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    12:50 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:35 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    12:50 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Regal Escondido

350 West Valley Parkway, Escondido. 760-291-0119

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    12:40 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    12:40 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    12:40 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    1:10 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 7:10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    1:10 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 7:10 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    1:10 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 7:10 p.m.

Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon. 619-401-3456

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    11:05 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:05 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    11:05 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:05 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

Regal Rancho del Rey

1025 Tierra del Rey, Chula Vista. 619-216-4707

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    12:20 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 6:05 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    12:20 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 6:05 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    12:20 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 6:05 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

Regal Rancho San Diego

2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon. 619-660-3483

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos. 760-471-3734

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    11:45 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 6:25 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    11:45 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 6:25 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    11:45 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 6:25 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

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