Hellboy: Beginner�...

PART TWO: Volumes 5-8 Hellboy II got its ass handed to it thanks to The Dark Knight‘s stellar debut. It’s a shame Hellboy opened only a week before Batman—it was going to be hard enough to hold market share anywhere in this summer of superheroes, but having this Batman cut into...

The Dark Knight

Director: Christopher Nolan Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Gary Oldman, Maggie Gyllenhaal Rating: 4.5 stars (out of five) Yes, Heath Ledger really is amazing as the Joker. And good lord, does Christopher Nolan deliver a film worthy of the performance. From the start, The Dark Knight is as intense as a war zone, and while it has more noticeable imperfections than Iron Man and less charm and vision than Hellboy 2, The Dark Knight has brains and ambition and yes indeed, a hell of an effects budget. The action is spectacular, if sometimes confusing, and the film looks magnificent, especially in IMAX. The previous...

A Beginners' Gu...

Part One: Volumes 1-4 With a new, higher-profile Hellboy movie in theaters today, it seems like a great time to consider the series of graphic novels that inspired Guillermo Del Toro’s productions. In part one, we look at the four collecting material published before the first Hellboy...

Hellboy II: The Gold...

Director: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones Rating: 4 stars (out of five) In the summer of intense comic-book violence (see Wanted and The Incredible Hulk. Or don’t.), writer-director Guillermo Del Toro certainly holds up his end. The first half of...

Gonzo: The Life &...

Director: Alex Gibney Starring: Hunter S. Thompson, George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Tom Wolfe, Johnny Depp Rating: 4 stars (out of five) A documentary about Hunter S. Thompson, one of the most original, entertaining writers and personalities in living memory, is going to be a hoot. I mean, if...