Hellboy II: The Golden Army ★★★★

It is astonishing that such a richly designed and realized movie as this got made. Guillermo Del Toro has such a unique vision, and works with a highly creative team to build out the spooky universe of Mike Mignola’s “Hellboy.”

The story decent for a sequel movie, but what the film gets right is leaning on the characters without being afraid to show their flaws.

Practical monsters like these look infinitely better onscreen than their CGI replacements, and Del Toro understands how to marry effects with technology to create the best combination.