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2008-07-14 06:00:25

By Scott Bowles Hellboy II became the summer's latest hit from a superhero realm that, unlike Eddie Murphy, shows no sign of weakening at the box office. The relatively obscure tale about a spawn of Satan who turns into a crime fighter racked up $35.9 million, according to studio estimates from Nielsen EDI. The debut bested projections by $5 million and gave director Guillermo del Toro his third No. 1 film with a comic-book hero at its center (after 2004's Hellboy and 2002's Blade...

2008-07-12 03:00:20

By Daniel Neman, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Jul. 12--The climactic showdown at the end of "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" takes place on a set of slowly turning giant gears. It looks cool and provides an extra element of danger for our combatants. If the fight were better staged, that would be enough. But as it is, we have plenty of time to think and to wonder: What are those gears for, anyway? They aren't actually doing anything, they are just turning independent of any useful...

2008-07-11 15:00:31

Journey to the Center of the Earth Rating: PG for intense adventure action and scary moments. What it's about: A geologist goes in search of his long-lost brother, based on clues the guy left behind. The quest takes him and his nephew to the center of the Earth. The Kid Attractor Factor: A gigantic Venus flytrap, a T-rex chase, assorted other monsters and such, all in 3-D (in select cinemas). Good lessons/bad lessons: Science is your friend, your salvation, and the more science you...

2008-07-11 12:00:38

By James Vance, Tulsa World, Okla. Jul. 11--In this summer's box office battle of the super guys, Hellboy is probably going to get his horns handed to him -- but that doesn't mean that the big guy won't go down swinging, and in the process delivering the most entertaining film of the entire bunch. After electrifying moviegoers last year with the bizarre and touching fantasy "Pan's Labyrinth," director Guillermo del Toro has brought the same level of imagination to this offbeat superhero...

2008-07-11 09:00:41

By A.O. Scott Hellboy 2: The Golden Army Directed by Guillermo del Toro Reviewed by by A.O. Scott * There are moments in "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army," Guillermo del Toro's profligate sequel to "Hellboy," capable of delighting even the most jaded, comic-book-weary summer-blockbuster conscript. (That would be me.) Lately we have seen plenty of big, asphalt-smashing street battles between hero and nemesis - Tim Roth and Edward Norton, hopped up on military growth hormones, hurling...

2008-07-11 09:00:40

By Jeff Vice Deseret News HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY -- *** -- Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones; rated PG-13 (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, torture, nude art) "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" is one of the coolest-looking movies, if not the most visually impressive one, of the summer. The film's creatures -- which include trolls, goblins, elves, evil fairies, ectoplasmic entities and such -- are fantastic. In fact, at times this comic book-based sequel almost seems like an...

2008-07-11 09:00:40

By Craig D. Lindsey, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jul. 11--There is an unwritten rule that many movies seem to abide by: When in doubt, play some Manilow. Playing one of the crooner's schmaltzy classics appears to be a trump card many filmmakers pull out for offbeat, effectively comic effect. And it's a card Guillermo del Toro doesn't mind whipping out in "Hellboy II: The Golden Army." Even with the wall-to-wall destruction, titanic monsters and dizzying fight sequences this...

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2008-07-11 09:00:00

The title of Hellboy II: The Golden Army makes the movie sound like something intended primarily for people who saw the first Hellboy movie -- which was OK but not exactly memorable -- and can get excited about another one. It's a dry, mundane title. It's also the only thing about the film that doesn't blow your mind right out of its comfortable, I've-seen-all-this-before rut. Nominally, the film belongs to the swelling genre of comic-book superhero adaptations: It's based on the character...

2008-07-11 09:00:40

By Garrett Conti, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 11--IT MUST BE FASCINATING -- maybe even a bit scary -- to consider the imagination of Guillermo Del Toro. Consider all of the creepy creatures or uncanny crawlers running through the "Pan's Labyrinth" director's head at any given time. Better yet, check out Del Toro's newest picture. "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" brings the viewer into a magical underground world of trolls, ghastly beasts, man-eating fairies and monster plants. This...

2008-07-11 09:00:40

By Daniel Newman, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Jul. 11--TITLE STARS RATING SUMMARY PLAYING AT Hellboy II: The Golden Army -- PG-13 When some long-haired monster dude returns to Earth and recruits all the other monsters to take over the world from humans, mankind can only be saved by the cynical, wisecracking demi-demon Hellboy, played once again by Ron Perlman. Carmike, Commonwealth, Short Pump, Southpark, Virginia Center, West Tower Meet Dave -- PG In this family comedy, Eddie Murphy...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.