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May 30 2014 5:07 PM

Spoiler Special: Maleficent

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Angelina Jolie is Maleficent

Photo by Frank Connor - © 2014 - Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies—and the occasional TV show—in full, spoiler-filled detail. Below, our film critic Dana Stevens talks with Vanity Fair editor Katey Rich about Maleficent, Disney's reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty story starring Angelina Jolie. Does the actress, in her first on-screen role since The Tourist in 2010, cast an engrossing spell as the classic Disney villain? In what ways does the film borrow and differ from its animated 1959 inspiration? Is the film interested in tackling feminist politics?

Listen to them discuss these and other questions below. You can also check out past Spoiler Specials in our archive, and you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Note: As the title indicates, each installment contains spoilers galore.

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Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

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