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June 10, 2014

‘Maleficent’ a gorgeous redefinition of classic tale — I’m certain the empire that Mickey built will one day again find a way as most mega corporate conglomerates do and present an absolutely soul crushing disappointment to theaters. However, for now, they seem to be doing a lot of things right when it comes to cinema.

From super heroes to fairy tales, the formula has at least been for the most part tolerable. Thankfully today’s example of the latter appears to have delivered not just something pretty, but with a strong story and characters to boot. Unlike 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent” finds a fresh and clever way to expand the “Sleeping Beauty” many of us watched the heck out of as children and in some ways surpassed the depth of that original animation.

In this version of Supernatural Narcoleptic we go way back and learn the origin of the title character, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie), who lives in the magical and not ruled by royalty land of the moors. The folk here are quite content to be left alone and wouldn’t even have a thing to with the humans if it weren’t for super jerk King Henry (Kenneth Cranham, apparently not married to the widow next door) and a young boy that catches young Maleficent’s fancy named Stefan (Sharlto Copley).

However, as the narrator initially surmises that just about every human is a self-serving punk, things don’t work out among the love birds and before you know it the Jerry Springer feud accelerates to Maleficent cursing Stefan’s daughter Aurora (Elle Fanning) with the whole finger pricking curse most of us are familiar with. From then on it’s a unexpectedly heartwarming tale (well, maybe not since it is Disney), where our embittered witch fairy tries every which way to hate this young girl, but finds herself actually quite smitten. It’s actually quite a clever way to show the gray area that exists when we would rather ignore things with black and white definitions.

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Prep Team Finish

The Pauls Valley Panther Prep Team finished second in the OK Kids State Tournament losing in the championship game to Weathford 11-9. Members of the team are sitting right to left Chase Sawyer, Jared Perry, Kaleb Galaviz, Tyler Thompson, Clint Cosby and Ethan Gonzalez. Back row from left are coach Colby Arie, Jeremy Sawyer, Keegan Moore, Tyler Butts, Matt Perry and coach Greg Perry.

  • Lisa D. Brinkley

    Lisa D. Brinkley of Springdale, Arkansas was born to Clarence (C. L.) and Bertha (Wright) Pelfrey on November 3, 1947 in Yuba City, California and passed from this life on July 15, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 66 years.

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  • Roger Glen Clayton

    Roger Glen Clayton, of Wynnewood, was born April 22, 1960 in Arizona to Sonny B. and Wanda Ruth (Riddle) Clayton. He passed away July 10, 2014 in Newcastle, Oklahoma at the age of 54 years.

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  • Reba Joyce Dawson

    Reba Joyce Dawson of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma was born to Ben and Gertie Mae (Gates) Crawford Jr. on July 28, 1934 in Carthage, Texas and passed from this life on July 8, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 79 years.

    July 17, 2014

  • Lawatha Dean Gilley

    Lawatha Dean Gilley, of Pauls Valley, passed away July 8, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 80 years.

    July 17, 2014

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  • Purcell, Lex bridge ready for traffic

    A couple of area communities are likely feeling a collective sense of relief as a normally well traveled bridge is set to reopen this week.

    June 13, 2014

  • Robbery Suspect Search on after bank robbery

    A manhunt is on for a lone man who robbed a Pauls Valley bank early Monday afternoon.

    June 11, 2014 1 Photo

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Dawn of Apes Poster

Poster for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," showing this week at the Royal Twin Theater of Pauls Valley.

  • ‘Dawn of Apes’ takes franchise to best level yet

    Since I’m not rolling in the corporate movie profits and typing from a solid gold i-Pad, you’ll just have to trust me that I’m not being paid off to write so many glowing sequel reviews in recent years.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

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