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HELLBOY (15) ★★ ★★★

HELL hath no fury like wise­crack­ing de­monic spawn with sur­ro­gate daddy is­sues in this laboured re­boot.

Spewed from the flam­ing bow­els of the Earth dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, Hellboy (David Har­bour) wages war on crea­tures of the dark as a val­ued mem­ber of the Bu­reau For Para­nor­mal Re­search And De­vel­op­ment (BPRD).

Un­der the com­mand of his adopted fa­ther, Pro­fes­sor But­ter­holm (Ian McShane), Hellboy trav­els to Ti­juana to res­cue fel­low agent Este­ban Ruiz (Mario de la Rosa) from a vam­pire’s nest at a Lucha Li­bre wrestling ring.

When the mis­sion goes sour, the mon­ster hunter ven­tures to Eng­land to ac­com­pany Osiris So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Lord Adam Glaren (Alistair Petrie) on the hunt for three ram­pag­ing giants.

In the en­su­ing melee, Hellboy is re­united with a girl from his past, Alice Mon­aghan (Sasha Lane), who is a spirit medium. Her abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate with the dead proves vi­tal when hulk­ing wild boar Gru­a­gach (Stephen Graham) re­assem­bles the sev­ered limbs of a pow­er­ful witch (Milla Jovovich).

Cap­tain Ben Daimio (Daniel Dae Kim), head of Spe­cial Ops for M11, and sooth­sayer Lady Hat­ton (So­phie Okonedo) ac­com­pany Hellboy on a mis­sion to slay the di­a­bol­i­cal crone.

LIT­TLE (12A) ★★★ ★★

GROW­ING up with the ben­e­fit of bat­tle-scarred hind­sight is child’s play in Lit­tle, a sur­pris­ingly heart­felt bodyswap com­edy. Regina Hall and

Mar­sai Martin as 14-year-old Black-ish star

Jor­dan San­ders Mar­sai Martin are well matched as two faces of a con­trol freak pro­tag­o­nist.

App de­signer Jor­dan San­ders (Hall) mis­treats her staff, es­pe­cially her over­worked as­sis­tant April (Issa Rae). Work­ers scurry for cover when Jor­dan slinks into the of­fice but the bul­ly­ing boss meets her match in a magic-ob­sessed girl (Mar­ley Tay­lor), who an­grily waves her plas­tic magic wand and pro­claims: “I wish you were my age.”

The fol­low­ing morn­ing, Jor­dan stares into her mir­ror and her 13-year-old self (Martin) squints back.

“Wishes don’t come true or I’d be on ma­ter­nity leave with Michael B Jor­dan’s baby by now,” quips as­sis­tant April, the only per­son that a dis­traught Jor­dan trusts with her se­cret.

Soon af­ter, Agent Bea (Rachel Dratch) from Child Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices in­forms April that she faces a spell be­hind bars un­less teenage Jor­dan en­rols at Wind­sor Mid­dle School.

With a busi­ness pitch to her com­pany’s largest client just 48 hours away, Jor­dan ner­vously trudges back to school where she is con­signed to the mis­fits ta­ble in the can­teen along­side Isaac ( JD McCrary), Raina (Thalia Tran) and Devon (Tucker Meek).

Lit­tle is a mir­ror im­age of its cen­tral char­ac­ter: im­per­fect but ex­tremely like­able when it dares to wear a frag­ile heart on its sleeve.

David Har­bour as Hellboy

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