Guillermo del Toro's anti-fascist fairy tale isn't just for fanboys and LOTR freaks. Its sound is as vivid as its pictures: The squeak of new leather and the metallic scrape of a straight razor herald the entrance of the bad guy, a little girl's evil stepfather. Yeah, that's an evil stepfather—this original story is more feminist than any of that revisionist shit. Pan's Labyrinth is unapologetically brutal, just like traditional fairy tales. And it's really scary. (See Movie Times for details.)

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