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2008-07-10 21:00:20

By CHRISTY LEMIRE "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (PG-13) H H H Words don't really do justice in attempting to describe the wondrous array of misfits and monsters Guillermo del Toro has concocted in "Hellboy II: The Golden Army." Truly, his is a world you have to experience for yourself to appreciate it fully - if you dare, that is. In following up the original "Hellboy" from 2004 and his Academy Award-winning 2006 masterpiece, "Pan's Labyrinth," the director has outdone himself in both...

2008-07-10 21:00:20

By Roger Moore REVIEW Hellboy II: The Golden Army HH 1/2 Rating: PG-13 (sequences of sci-fi action and violence and some language) Director: Guillermo del Toro Cast: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, John Hurt and Doug Jones Theaters: Marquee Cinemas, Park Place Stadium Cinemas Nothing called "Hellboy," be it comic book or comic book movie, is going to take itself too seriously. But director Guillermo del Toro's take on the Mike Mignola comic book evolves in "Hellboy II: The Golden Army." He...

2008-07-10 18:00:30

By CHRISTY LEMIRE Words don't really do justice in attempting to describe the wondrous array of misfits and monsters Guillermo del Toro has concocted in "Hellboy II: The Golden Army." Truly, his is a world you have to experience for yourself to appreciate it fully - if you dare, that is. In following up the original "Hellboy" from 2004 and his Academy Award-winning 2006 masterpiece, "Pan's Labyrinth," the director has outdone himself in both absurd humor and wild imagination. At times,...

2008-07-10 12:00:45

By Mark Rahner, Seattle Times Jul. 10--Since it's not appropriate for a grown man to file a review that consists of "Wheeee!" I'll say these things: Director Guillermo del Toro is a mad genius, and I want to get drunk with him. "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" is a flawed but tremendously fun comic-book flick with awe-inspiring visuals. And I never thought a Barry Manilow song could be used for anything but evil. The sequel to 2004's "Hellboy" -- based on Mike Mignola's outstanding...

2008-07-10 12:00:45

By Toni Ruberto, The Buffalo News, N.Y. Jul. 10--Hellboy isn't your typical comic book superhero. The big red guy smokes cigars (with a fondness for Cubans) and drinks beer for starters. His home at the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, hidden in a top-secret location in New Jersey, is filled with cats and a multitude of TV sets where he watches the news (looking for a glimpse of himself), Abbott and Costello comedies and old monster movies. ------ HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN...

2008-07-10 09:00:56

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. _ Guadalajara, Mexico, native Guillermo del Toro often gets asked if he considers himself simply a filmmaker, an independent filmmaker or a Mexican filmmaker. "How could I not be a Mexican filmmaker? If I endeavored not to be, I would not succeed because I was raised in Mexico. I heard all the legends. I drank all the drinks. I ate all the foods. I walked on the streets. The idiosyncracies of my country are in me, not in my passport, not in my sense of geography. They...

2008-07-10 06:00:31

By Claudia Puig In Hellboy II: The Golden Army (*** out of four), the giant crimson daredevil is a snarky bad-boy superhero taunted and misunderstood by the masses. This weekend, the cigar-chomping, beer-swilling big guy faces off with another reviled superhero: Hancock. Hellboy wins pretty much hands down. With director Guillermo del Toro's fantastical vision on overdrive tempered by an occasionally self-mocking sense of humor, this Hellboy sequel is a quintessential summer movie...

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2008-07-08 06:00:00

LOS ANGELES -- When Guillermo del Toro stares at the monsters under his bed, they stare back into him. "I'm interested in monsters because, much like archangels and angels, they represent a portion of the human soul," says the Mexican writer/director of Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy II: The Golden Army, which arrives Friday. Del Toro has become a sought-after director for his distinctive creatures and otherworldly parables that use the realms of fantasy to explore fundamental human issues...

2008-07-07 09:00:38

By Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee, Calif. Jul. 7--BEVERLY HILLS -- Selma Blair arrives for an interview at the Four Seasons Hotel at the end of June dressed in a stylish basic black Prada outfit. Her black hair frames her face so perfectly it almost looks unnatural. There's no question. The star of the feature film "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" would fit in at any posh event in this town. The look is a long way from her wardrobe for her new NBC series "Kath and Kim" set to debut in...

2008-07-05 18:00:15

DUDLEY children have found the "write" lines to link up with a school in Madagascar, thanks to a pioneering conservation project at Dudley Zoo. Pupils at Hillcrest Secondary School, Netherton, have joined the zoo's fund-raising project to protect wildlife on the Indian Ocean island and are liaising via a zoo partnership. Zoo chief executive Peter Suddock said: "Hillcrest students were among the first in the region to sign up to our outreach programmes and learned all about the plight of...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'