Pan's Labyrinth ★★★★★

Guillermo Del Toro's stance as a film-maker of immense storytelling prowess and visual creativity went mainstream with the release of this foreign gem in 2006. Set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War, "Pan's Labyrinth" subscribes to fairy-tale archetypes cleverly, and delicately presents a little princess in need of escape from the evils of the world around her. Phenomenal creature design, cinematography and a screenplay that works as beguiling ethereal fantasy entertainment and an incisive commentary on the horrors of war. Sensational. If you haven't yet seen it, I urge you to rectify this gaping chasm in your viewing history.