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‘Maleficent’ a worthy Disney successor to ‘Sleeping Beauty’

‘MALEFICENT’

3 stars

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Brandon Thwaites.

Director: Robert Stromberg.

Screenwriter: Linda Woolverton.

A Walt Disney Pictures release. Running time: 97 minutes.

Rated PG: mild fantasy violence.

There are two sides to every story, and there can be countless versions of the same tale. “Maleficent,” the enchanting live-action reworking of the 1959 animated Disney classic “Sleeping Beauty,” has all the touchstones you remember: The spinning wheel, the poisoned needle, the three fairy godmothers, the charming prince and a fearsome dragon that can