Guillermo del Toro

The Shape of Water

Sally Hawkins stars as Elisa, a doe-eyed mute woman who works as an overnight cleaner – alongside co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) – in a research facility in 1962 Baltimore. One otherwise inauspicious evening, a new “asset” is brought in for observation: an amphibian man (Doug Jones) captured in South America by sadistic official Strickland (a …

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Hellboy

It’s not campy or colorful, but gorgeously dark and gothic and shadowy, like a black-and-white technicolor movie. Ron Perlman, who last donned mucho prosthetic make-up as Vincent in the cult-hit TV series Beauty and the Beast, dons mucho prosthetic make-up to play the titular demon, who’s rescued – as a teensy, weensy devil baby – …

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Hellboy II

Back in 2004, director Guillermo del Toro helmed the first Hellboy movie to a moderate level of acclaim and fanboy delight. But back then, he was just the sorta-known guy who made that movie where Mira Sorvino runs from giant bugs in sewers. Cut to 2008, and del Toro is once again behind the camera …

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Pacific Rim

I don’t understand the appeal of watching giant robots smashing things to bits. No, I take that back. I liked The Iron Giant, and Studio Ghibli does fantastic things with robots. Maybe I hate anything with giant robots that resemble Transformers, which I loathe (at least the movies). The success of the stinky Transformers films …

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