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Angelina Jolie in Maleficent
Maleficent grossed almost $235 million domestically, thanks to Angelina Jolie. Even though the critics weren’t wild about the film, most were wild about Jolie’s performance and hailed the “bewitching” return of a true movie star. Maleficent was Jolie’s first film in four years, and the actress proved that she can still carry even mediocre movies to box office success.
The role also didn’t to relegate Jolie to the classic fairy tale template. It turns out that adults and children alike want to see tropes more complicated than the pretty princess and the evil stepmother, even in fantasy films.
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