It's another big summer weekend with two wildly different movies that are both expected to do well opening this weekend. One is a Disney movie about one of their most iconic villains and the other is an ultra-raunchy comedy Western by the creator of the TV series Family Guy. Neither of them are getting a majority of great reviews, but both of them are getting some positive reviews from key critics.
Maleficent - Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley. If you are a fan of Disney movies and, in particular, their classic take on Sleeping Beauty, then you know who the character Maleficent is. She's the wicked witch who curses the young princess into sleeping. This is the movie that tell us how Maleficent became so evil. Filled with dazzling special effects and what nearly all critics are saying is a great performance by Jolie, this one is not for little kids. Despite the PG rating, there are intense battle scenes and violence and Maleficent herself may be terrifying. Some critics are saying that the movie is uneven and clumsily directed and, overall, the reviews are negative. However, a few very key critics are saying that the movie is worth seeing for Jolie's performance alone. Rated PG.
A Million Ways to Die in the West - Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson. From the man who brought the world animated TV shows like Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad, and the surprise hit comedy Ted, comes a raunchy Western. MacFarlane wrote and directed and stars in this film about a timid man who falls in love with a gorgeous woman who just also happens to be the ex of one of the most feared gunslingers in the West. The movie is getting slammed left and right by critics, but some are saying that if you are a fan of MacFarlane's work, you know what you're getting into and might appreciate this film. Rated R (and very deserving of if).