Angelina Jolie continues story of Disney villian in movie releasing this weekend

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Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.”

Five years after the first film, Angelina Jolie will once again take on the persona of the evil Maleficent in “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” which is set to hit theaters this weekend.

The website said the fantasy adventure film picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora.

It continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.

IMDb trivia said the film will be released on the 60th anniversary of the original Sleeping Beauty (1959).

The trivia section also pointed out that in the trailer, Maleficent’s magic is green, which in the previous movie, was only the case if she was evil. While it could be editing to throw the audience off, it could indicate Maleficent has turned down a dark path.

Other cast members include: Elle Fanning (“Super 8” and “The Neon Demon”) as Princess Aurora; Michelle Pfeiffer (“One Fine Day” and “What Lies Beneath”) as Queen Ingrith; Harris Dickinson (“Beach Rats” and “Trust”); Ed Skrein (“Alita: Battle Angel” and “Deadpool”) as Borra and Sam Riley (“Control” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”) as Diaval.

Directed by Joachim Ronning from a story by Linda Woolverton, the film is rated PG for intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and brief scary images.

Other films releasing to theaters this weekend include:

n “Zombieland: Double Tap,” directed by Ruben Fleischer and staring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone. Through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, four zombie slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, “Zombieland” as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.

The film is rated R for bloody violence, language throughout and some drug and sexual content.

n “The Lighthouse,” directed by Robert Eggers and staring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. A hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. Eggers is the filmaker behind the modern horror masterpiece “The Witch.”

The film is rated R for sexual content, nudity, violence, disturbing images, and some language.

The synopsis for each film was taken from Rotten Tomatoes.

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