Fairy Tales

June 19, 2014

Maleficent, Rape and Sympathy for the Devil

That Maleficent includes a metaphorical rape scene doesn’t make it a bad movie. That it celebrates a heroine with such clear and intentional satanic resonances does.

June 6, 2014

In 60 Seconds: Maleficent! Belle! Ida! Blended!

May 30, 2014

SDG Reviews ‘Maleficent’

Hollywood’s latest revisionist fairy tale is a warmed-over Frozen, with less interesting characters and a startlingly dark subtext.

November 26, 2013

SDG Reviews ‘Frozen’

Disney’s latest animated musical fairy tale breaks new ground, but squanders its early promise.

June 19, 2012

SDG Reviews 'Brave'

Family is king in the pioneering animation studio’s first fairy tale, a rare mother-daughter story that charts an unconventionally traditional moral path.

June 1, 2012

SDG Reviews ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

The year’s second Snow White film is an epic action yarn that’s long on grit and short on fairy-tale magic.

May 29, 2012

The Fairest One of All

May 29, 2012

The Fairest One of All (Part 2)

March 30, 2012

SDG Reviews 'Mirror Mirror'

Tarsem Singh’s visually stunning Snow White movie is a revisionist fairy tale that blends sweetness with occasional rude humor.