Reminiscent of Event Horizon, Pandorum brings the world of science fiction space horror to the 21st century with Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid performing wonderfully. The plot devices used throughout the film (i.e. splitting the main characters immediately, the need to fix the ship, the growing threat of the creatures, and the hidden people on the ship) all help add a certain flair to the film that sets it apart. Nothing is spoon-fed to the viewer and even by the end of the film, not everything is explained. Pandorum also contains one of my all-time favorite reveals/climaxes in a film.
Panic Room (2002)
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
Completely and utterly awesome. I’ve seen it several times and it just gets better and better. Didn’t like it so much in the theater because though I don’t mind subtitles, they’re hard to read and watch the film on the big screen. del Toro is amazing.
Paperboy, The (2012)
Reminiscent of the punch provided by “The Killer Inside Me”, Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy” places Zac Efron in a performance driven drama that forces him to prove his acting prowess, and he comes out the better for it. Still overshadowed by his acting counterparts, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, and John Cusack deliver extraordinary performances, all outside of their normal, respected roles. The plot is standard, with very few surprises, and those that do exist come off flat and purely for shock value. However, “The Paperboy” remains sexually charged and does not disappoint, also marking the first truly great performance from Macy Gray, as the housekeeper.
Paper Man (2010)
“Paper Man” is the work of love and hard work. The writers spent 5 years trying to get it produced and eventually got the opportunity to direct too. The cast is absolutely packed and even though the plot is a bit drawn out, the performances shine through beautifully. Emma Stone finally gets to show off her range as an actress and that became my favorite part of the film. Will definitely need to see this again.
Paper Towns (2015)
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)
A great documentary about a larger than life situation involving a backwards justice system that even a novelist couldn’t have written better. Getting to hear the West Memphis 3 talk, getting to hear those involved with the prosecution talk compared to their statements during the trials, and seeing the disturbing images attached to this case, really make for a powerful documentary.
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
Maybe just slightly better than the original, it appears that this is what will fill the void for die hard sequel-junkies every Halloween. The film is suspenseful and scared the crap out of me on several occasions. The acting, and film in general, was pretty sufficient until the end, which lost ties with remaining in reality. There was a good range of emotion, both acted and caused, in this follow-up. Third one is apparently on the way.
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
The Paranormal Activity franchise must be commended for several achievements. The first: bringing me to the same heightened level of stress and paranoia throughout all three films. The second: finding a way to remain steadily consistent in their attempts to scare with the POV camera view. And lastly: becoming the go-to film for the Halloween season. Though I am speaking early on, unlike the Saw franchise, there are endless possibilities for this franchise and given the same attention shown to each film thus far, the Paranormal franchise is one that I feel I can readily latch onto each October. PA3 is probably not my favorite of the franchise, but it contains my favorite scare in any of the films consisting of a panning camera and the family’s entire kitchen.
Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)
Even with a new blonde lead, a slimmer Katie Featherston, and the use of webcams and Kinect sensors, “Paranormal Activity 4” does little to revitalize the series, with more fake-outs than actual scares, several moments that are not paced properly, including an incident with a knife that could have paid off tenfold had it held off longer, and very little plot progression for the overall franchise. The fourth installment comes off more like a watered down, recycled re-hash of the first three films, rather than a horror film that can stand on its own, delivering the weakest showing yet.
As visually evocative as it is ambitious, “ParaNorman” has a likeable enough protagonist to hold anyone’s attention, while trudging through a “Monster House”-like horror story. With far too many lessons sown in, by the end of the film, you’re basically being slapped with morals. Also, “ParaNorman” fails to grasp a distinct genre, floating between appropriate for kids and not.
Paris 36 (2009)
Parvaneh (short) (2012)
Passion Play (2011)
Mickey Rourke in true bad ass form. Bill Murray as a pinstriped gangster. Megan Fox half-naked. Passion Play has all the key players and displays them in an artistic way, stylized to the gills and truly original. Though this film is getting poor reviews, the film succeeds in developing a rich love story all while the A-list cast pulls off separate meaning performances. There are several eye rolling moments, but overall, I enjoyed this film.
Paths Of Glory (1957)
Patton Oswalt: Annihilation (2017)
There’s something about Seth Rogen voicing an alien that really worked for the film “Paul”. Most of his little stoner asides were the funniest parts of the film. A nice little sci-fi comedy with plenty of nods to the classics of the alien genre.
Peanuts Movie, The (2015)
Pear Cider and Cigarettes (short) (2016)
Pearl (short) (2016)
Peep World (2011)
Peep World is great in the interest of seeing all of these great actors on screen, but as far as this film allowing these actors to reach their acting potential, it does not even scratch the surface. Similar to the effect of bringing in the best local chefs to cook you spaghetti-O’s, Peep World squanders. Most of the characters come off generic and two-dimensional, while the situations they are involved in are sporadic and somewhat unrelated to the film as a whole, even leaving some of the main plot points up in the air by the end.
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Perfect Host, The (2011)
An oddly unique film that has hidden agendas until the very end. David Hyde Pierce sells his character and Clayne Crawford steers away from the predictable and seriously uses his acting skills to keep this film from veering off into ridiculous or horrible, yet that fine line still exists. Those performances combined with the bizarre plot make this film slightly stand out.
Perfect Sense (2012)
Wonderfully blending genres, Perfect Sense presents a love story centered in the middle of an apocalyptic landscape where the masses are experiencing sensory loss. The film carries on lifelike, never feeling forced or unrealistic. Ewan McGregor and Eva Green offer the perfect pairing, both delivering surprise performances. David MacKenzie is a director who knows what he wants and, through narration and dialogue, creates one of the best films of the year.
Perfect Stranger (2006)
Absolutely terrible movie. Besides the awesome cast and the “twist” like atmosphere of the movie, the major twist really isn’t worthwhile especially since it never leans that way until the dead end of the movie… Horrible structure. If you miss the last 10 minutes you’d never know what movie you were watching anymore.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
The book was obviously 100 times better, but I was amazed this movie didn’t even make it to theaters with it’s plot and huge cast involved. Loved the story, and loved to see how it all played out on screen.
Period. End Of Sentence (short) (2018)
Perks of Being a Wallflower, The (2012)
Passion and sincerity bleed from “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”. Having adored the novel growing up, it struck me disappointing that they would attempt to make a film out of it. That is until I found out that the author of this best-seller, Stephen Chbosky, was not only adapting the screenplay, but directing the film as well. What was a personal and touching paperback story is translated into an emotional gambit of cinema, with straight-from-the-pages dialogue and emotion, actors and performances that rival those created while reading, and the perfect touch of authenticity, enough to make me want to thank Chbosky for keeping his hand on our shoulder through all of this, the true sign of a master and his masterpiece.
Perrier’s Bounty (2010)
What starts off as an English thriller with huge potential, “Perrier’s Bounty” slowly fades into a been-there-done-that chase-caper with no real flair minus the quirk added by the British factor, vaguely reminiscent of fellow Brit film, “In Bruges”. With leading men like Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson, I expected a huge pay off and performances we often do not see from them. I was partially right, as we hardly see Gleeson at all. And Murphy’s character, the misunderstood, rag-tagger on the run is hardly leading character caliber. A script that needed another round of revisions, this film lacks everything promised by the presence of the prominent and respected actors on the film’s poster.
Peter Rabbit (2018)
Phantom Thread (2017)
Phone Booth (2003)
Phone Call, The (short) (2013)
Physician, The (2014)
Not a huge fan of modern dance, this is still a beautifully shot and passionate film. More of a meditation on the life of Pina Bausch, Pina really opens up this world of dance to the public and engages with its different locations and props.
Piper (short) (2016)
At this point, “Piranha” is more humorous than anything. Even “Jaws” is still entertaining after all these years. “Piranha”: not so much. I get where the film was coming from and obviously the graphics are dated, but that being said, its time has definitely passed.
Piranha 3DD (2012)
“Piranha 3DD” basically abandons any real attempt at any genre by completely dropping any glimpse of what made the first film even somewhat tolerable. I mentioned how the first remake, “Piranha 3D” was borderline pornography (which should have simply gone full-fledged), but instead, the sequel drops even that concept, as well as the interesting, yet questionable casting of Adam Scott and Elizabeth Shue, for tongue-in-cheek actors like Gary Busey and David Hasselhoff. Never could I have imagined that a film could get any worse than “Piranha 3D”, but consider me corrected.
Pirates! Band of Misfits, The (2012)
“The Pirates! Band Of Misfits” is your run-of-the-mill claymation film, with the recycled pirate story-lines of every other pirate lore related film of the past. Some of the humorous witty and enjoyable but for the most part, director Peter Lord sticks to the obvious guns and delivers an average children’s film.
Planet 51 (2009)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
A true testament to film-making at its best, the original “Planet of the Apes” is visually stunning, even by today’s standards. The conclusion of the film lands it in the history books as an influential film, as even those who have not seen the film recognize it by its final scene. The film truly makes a statement about our society yet is constantly entertaining. Charlton Heston exhibits acting at its finest and gives this classic even more staying power.
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Rather weak compared to the original, the 2001 version of “Planet of the Apes” loses its memorable quality while attempting to adhere to the “Braveheart” formula of revolution, this time between humans and apes. The character development is flat, the outcome is predictable, and, at times, Tim Burton’s craftsmanship is far too visible. Wahlberg carries the film as far as he can, but the supporting cast tends to crumble around him. Plus, the conclusion of the film is completely dismal compared to the original ending, which has become one of the most famous endings in film history.
Please Give (2010)
In this quaint and subtle dark comedy, Catherine Keener heads a noteworthy cast of people you probably know from many different genres of film. Each person brings something to the table adding meaning to this otherwise slow moving piece. You can definitely tell the writing is heartfelt and is portrayed completely natural.
Pledge, The (2001)
Carried wholly by Jack Nicholson, and his ability to sell any role, The Pledge takes a dark look at the life of a retired cop who has vowed to find one last killer. Directed by Sean Penn, the film lags a bit in the middle but makes up for it with tons of big names, including Aaron Eckhardt, Mickey Rourke, and Patricia Clarkson, and plot that leaves several questions unanswered all while letting the audience know only what they need to, as to not feel cheated.
Poker House, The (2008)
It becomes apparent very early on that Jennifer Lawrence has the wear-with-all to stick around as an actress for a long time coming. Her poise and delivery at such a young, inexperienced age rivals most adult actresses that I have witnessed. Chloe Moretz also outshines all the adults in this film and though I feel many of her best moments are happy accidents coming from a child, her talent cannot be denied.
Truly one of the creepiest paranormal films ever made.
POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)
Yet another creative and intelligent documentary from the Morgan Spurlock we all know and love. This time he takes us into the world of advertising, as he tries to get the film sponsored. Though the film never really takes a side and leaves you in the dark concerning certain aspects (like how the sponsors never got final say on the cut of the film), the humor and shamelessness of the film is worth every minute. I wonder why they never contacted McDonalds to be a part of the film.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
Possession, The (2012)
“The Possession” is able to hit some effective, visual moments, but fails to tie them together properly and ultimately ends up borrowing most of its scares from previous horror films, including a commendable attempt at an updated exorcism, reminiscent of the original “The Exorcist”. Sadly, the story misses its opportunity to flesh out the article about the based-on-a-true-story box and, produced by Sam Raimi, gets far too close to becoming a parody of itself, with some laughable moments and unconvincing visual effects. Natasha Calis delivers a respectable performance as the possessed girl and Matisyahu as the exorcising Hasitic Jewish rabbi is a perfect casting choice. However, inconsistent throughout, the film fails to reach a level of diabolic or sinister to persuade me to be truly frightened, lacking an certain urgency or unpredictability.
Post, The (2017)
Powder Blue (2009)
Powder Blue was just gritty enough to work, unraveling two parallel stories in the city of Los Angeles. One story follows stripper Jessica Biel as she juggles her vegetative son and her working nightlife, encountering a strange gentlemen played by Ray Liotta, who has a mysterious infatuation with her, and a young mortician who accidentally hits her dog with his car and falls for her immediately after their meeting. The second story follows Forest Whittaker as he searches for anyone heartless enough (or passionate enough) to assist him in his death, following the brutal death of his wife. The stories do not quite intersect, but they are still packed with enough significant twists to allow audiences a different experience than that of films like “Crash”.
Power Rangers (2017)
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)
Predator 2 (1990)
Predator, The (2018)
Premium Rush (2012)
“Premium Rush” builds its moments with precision, delivering a high-end bike messenger film with non-stop action sequences. Made stellar by its big name cast, notably Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the driver’s seat and Michael Shannon giving an outstanding bad-guy performance, the film is able to get past its off-kilter sense of style and recycled, chase scene after chase scene storyline, to deliver a worthwhile action flick.
If you could go back in time, wouldn’t you try to change what happens instead of doing everything the same? Yeah, not Sandra Bullock either. Yay for explaining why she could switch between different days of the week, wait, they didn’t.
Pretty One, The (2014)
Priest offers nothing new and succeeds in only creating some stunning visuals all while coming off like many different films. Why Paul Bettany has fallen into these god-awful (no pun intended) roles, I will never understand. Karl Urban is almost able to pull this film through, but the film’s horrible pacing kills any chance at making this re-watchable.
Princess and the Frog, The (2009)
Private Life (2018)
Problem Child (1990)
Not as good as I remember it being when I was younger. John Ritter was still the man though.
Project X (2012)
By far one of the worst found footage films to-date. With lame performances set to a lame, implausible plot, there was literally nothing surprising or new about Project X and the fact that women were willing to take their clothes off for this film is beyond me. Perhaps this entire film was one big reason to actually throw a giant party courtesy of Todd Phillips.
Prologue (short) (2015)
As long as you’re not expecting the direct sequel to Alien, Ridley Scott’s latest science fiction thriller reboots the franchise nicely. With outstanding visual effects and grandiose set pieces, the audience is immersed from start to finish. Along with pitch-perfect performances from Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba, Prometheus delivers on almost every level. Had the film’s plot not left quite so many holes (leading towards a rumored sequel), Prometheus could have been the perfect stand-alone sci-fi film.
Prophet, A (2010)
Nominated for Best Foreign Feature last year at the Academy Awards, “A Prophet” is “the Godfather” of prison movies. Tahar Rahim carries his gargantuan role wonderfully and Niels Arestrup’s performance makes it hard to dislike him by the end. Not having been a huge fan of “The Secret In Their Eyes”, it is between this and “The White Ribbon” for which foreign film I would have personally chosen for the award.
Proposal, The (2009)
Short and sweet. Ryan Reynolds is awesome. I would never want him to be with Sandra Bullock, especially bitchy, annoying, never going to change, Sandra Bullock. Lame movie, lame story. Was cheering for Ryan Reynolds to get back with Malin Akerman because they are actually a cute couple. Word.
Proud Mary (2018)
Prozac Nation (2001)
More of a lifetime movie, than the generation capstone it was trying to portray. The performances are melodramatic and repetitious. Even the quality of the film comes off 10 years older than it actually should be. Could have used some more grit!
Psycho remains one of Hitchcock’s greatest films, with Anthony Perkins upholding as one of the creepiest characters of any films still to this day. The structure of the plot was ages ahead of its time, with the most iconic scene happening somewhere in the middle of the film, rather than immediately or at the climax. The film is dark and haunting, epitomizing a thriller, especially in my favorite scene, where Norman Bates chats up Marion in his parlor surrounded by taxidermy birds. Hitchcock had a way of building a suspenseful film around his unique ideas and creating them successfully and Psycho exemplifies that perfect Hitchcockian style.
The remake of Psycho is the sort of film that gives remaking films a bad name. Completely ripping off the original, Gus Van Sant’s does nothing to add or contribute in any way to the format or story-telling of Hitchcock’s original. Yes, Vince Vaughn is convincing, as is the rest of the cast in their roles, but the eerie, anything goes nature of Hitchcock’s original is lost in translation. Felt more like a frame-for-frame restoration rather than a new take on an old favorite.
Public Enemies (2009)
Very poorly done. Johnny Depp’s acting was spectacular, but the rest of the film was absolutely horrible. I had seen a Biography on the real John Dilinger and got extremely excited to see the film and leaving the movie theater I felt as though the Biography special was of better quality than the film itself. That is too bad that they couldn’t cash in on the great cast and story.
The side characters were pointless and some of the shots looked like they were shot on my little standard def handycam. Poor poor quality and not worth the money to get in the theater.
(Sauk Centre Main Theatre)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Truly bad ass. The only problem with this film is that there is not enough Travolta and Jackson. Perfect mix of humor, action, and drama.
Chris Evans finally takes a step away from the action hero roles he has become known for and steps into the spotlight with a rich performance of the based-on-a-true-story character, Mike Weiss, a functioning drug addict lawyer. Evans embodies this role beautifully, drawing a nice line between his fast-talking, cocky-natured persona that we are used to and the thoughtful and melancholic nature of the A-list pseudo actor that he will hopefully grow into. Puncture is a great film that not only sells the truth of the state of our medical system but entertains with all-around great performances.
Pursuit Of Happyness, The (2006)
Awesome movie. This is one of those based on a true story that really makes you feel good about it. Ten years from now, this movie will still be awesome.
This film could have had so much going for it. It had an awesome plot and semi-awesome actors and it fell short. Not quite sure what they were going for with this film but it was borderline incoherent. Very sad day when Dakota Fanning steals the show, but I feel she has a future in quirky filsm like these. Good for her. She’s the only thing that saved this movie. Otherwise not worth seeing whatsoever.
Puss in Boots (2011)
Though he works much better as a side-character in the Shrek films, Puss In Boots still has enough adult humor and storybook characters to keep this franchise going. Just as Galifianakis finds a home in voice-acting, Hayek and Banderas prove that they deserve better all while reminiscing the days of Zorro. Hopefully the creators get better at constructing plots before they give this series another try.