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Toronto: Pan's Labyrinth

Cartel Picturehouse threw a Pan's Labyrinth dinner at Flow Sunday night where Mexican director director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Blade 2) hung out with David Cronenberg. That was a conversation I would have liked to have heard. Truth is, Pan's Labyrinth is one of the more satisfying movie meals I've had this year. It's a period fairy tale, set and shot in Spain, with Spanish actors. It has fantastic elements: villains, heroes, and a little girl princess heroine who listens to a magical faun tell her what to do. She battles her fears and crawls into scary places. This gorgeously realized, unpretentious movie is for sophisticated cineastes but it's also for anyone who enjoys a good story well told. It could have surprisingly wide appeal when it opens December 29.

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