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MOVIE REVIEWS – P’S


P.S. I Love You

Although the principals don’t have the greatest chemistry together, this romantic tale really tries hard to hold our interest, and it does. It’s clever and imaginative, a bit hokey–but who cares?

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Pacific Rim

Giant robots versus giant aliens and surprisingly good. Especially the entourage actors.

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Pain & Gain

Maybe the title should’ve been Lots Of Pain, No Gain. A comedy with very little heart. Michael Bay could have any movie green lit–why this one?

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Pan’s Labyrinth

Pick of the Week

This movie will be up for a lot of awards and deservedly so. Somehow Guillermo del Toro manages to combine a very harsh war story with a child’s fantasy world and it works. Still, the movie is brutal at times and isn’t for everybody.

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Paper Towns

I wanted to like this—but I just didn’t care about Margo. Some pretty good dialogue. C+

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Paranormal Activity 2

I don’t know why I keep doing this to myself—going to every freaking movie that comes out. My problem, not yours. This one bears testimony to the fact that people are desperate for something different that has something to do with their day-to-day lives. As for the movie itself, you will watch surveillance tapes of a house for an hour or more waiting for something to happen, then something happens (not terribly exciting) and there’s absolutely no explanation for why it happened.

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Paris Can Wait

Pick of the Week

You’ll watch this movie and immediately want to go to a good French restaurant. Diane Lane, as always, is terrific. Fun, sexy, at last a summer movie for adults. A-

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Parker

It’s a comedy! It’s a bloodfest! See the problem? I guess the directors and producers didn’t.

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Passengers

Big stars. Big budget. Disappointing results. C+

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Patriots Day

Pick of the Week

It may be a little early to tell this story—but the filmmakers did an excellent job of respectfully treating a very difficult few days for most Americans. A

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Patti Cake$

My favorite movie so far this year. A very large, very charming white girl from Jersey wants to be a rap star. Funny, sweet, real. A+


Paul

Pleasantly geeky. Coulda shoulda been a whole lot more.

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Pawn Sacrifice

Pick of the Week

Not a false move in a story about the Bobby Fischer/Boris Spassky chess matches. Never a dull moment and terrific performances. A-

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People Like Us

The first half of the movie could have been titled “People Like Us–Who Happen to Be Hollywood Screenwriters”…but the second half of the film is quite emotional and effective.

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Peppermint

I like Jennifer Garner, but this is one to be avoided. The way the script was produced is terrible. The dialogue isn’t very good, and the story is even worse. A lot of the scenes don’t work. It should have been a decent enough movie, but it isn’t. C-


Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

My 12-year-old and his buddy were split about this one. Me too. Never boring, but lots of clunky scenes. The book, as always, was better.

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A Perfect Getaway

Pick of the Week

This is probably my favorite movie of the summer (or at least in the top two). The acting and direction are first rate. So is the suspense, the surprises (a couple of doozies), and especially the unexpected humor.

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The Perfect Guy

Another boyfriend from hell by the numbers. C+

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Perfect Stranger

I love Bruce Willis but I wish he’d be a little more careful in terms of the directors he works with. This is one of those dark twisty stories that coulda/shoulda been a lot more satisfying. I’ll still see the next Bruce Willis movie.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Pick of the Week

Stands a chance of becoming The Breakfast Club for the millennials. And I liked it a lot myself.

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The Pink Panther 2

It’s interesting to compare the old films with the new. Obviously the original Pink Panther films were groundbreaking, but Peter Sellers also drew deeper, richer laughs. On the other hand, there are more laughs from Steve Martin. Jack and his friend Christy enjoyed it.

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Pirate Radio

Pick of the Week

Good music of course, lots of comedy—in the style of Monty Python—Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Bill Nighy. Who could ask for anything more?

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Too much sword fighting, not enough Johnny Depp. Better than II, not as good as I. My order of preference among the big 3: Shrek, Pirates, Spiderman.

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Pirates of the Caribben: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Walked out in under an hour. Jerry Bruckheimer, where are you, dude? D

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Pitch Perfect

Pick of the Week

“Glee” goes to college. And yet this is very entertaining. The audience seemed to have a particularly grand time. Also, I’m a huge fan of Anna Kendrick, who seems destined for great things.

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Pitch Perfect 2

Glee for the big screen. I like Anna Kendrick in anything. B

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The Place Beyond the Pines

Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes—how could you go wrong? Stay around for the third act and you’ll find out.

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Pompeii

Pompeii…was never like this. Hard to imagine, but a poor man’s 300.

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The Post

It’s always fascinating to see a movie when you’ve gone through the event and it’s personal for you. The acting is terrific. The direction is kind of standard Spielberg. But I always found it powerful when people do the right thing and succeed. A-


Precious

Pick of the Week

My favorite movie so far this year; also one of my favorite books. Unfortunately, I guess, the people who would benefit most from seeing it, probably won’t. Some nasty language will keep some folks away—like my wife, Sue. I am currently pondering whether I should take my 11 year-old, Jack, to see it.

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Predator

Several reviews suggested the original Predator was a classic. I felt it was the typical 50’s-style sci-fi flick with a much bigger budget and a much bigger “star.” The latest episode was funny at times. Shane Black is always funny. B-


Predators

The first third or so is actually pretty cool, but then it turns into The Most Dangerous Game on another planet and becomes a lot more predictable. Could have been a very good movie of its kind, but loses too much steam by the end.

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Premium Rush

Depends on how much you want to watch footage of bike messengers in action. Will probably get somebody killed—assuming that anybody sees the movie.

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Premonition

The movie was a whole lot better than I thought it was going to be since the reviews I read were incredibly harsh. I thought the first two thirds were incredibly suspenseful, unfortunately, for me, the ending was a real loser. Still in all, this wasn’t a bad combination of suspense and horror.

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Pride

Terrence Howard is terrific in this flick, as he always is. The filmaking is kind of clunky, but the story packs an emotional wallop.

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Pride and Glory

This is fast-moving with good dialog and acting until the last twenty minutes, which got too over-the-top Hollywood for me. Also, this is another one of those cop stories with dark photography that most people over twenty-five won’t appreciate.

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

They keep making this movie over and over and over—so I guess somebody likes it. Not me.

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Prisoners

Pick of the Week

You’ll love it, or you’ll hate it. Really long, very dark, frequently depressing, violent at times, and I’m one of the people who actually loved it.

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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Smart, affecting biopic about the Harvard professor who created the comic book character Wonder Woman – and the two wondrous women he loved. B+


Project Almanac

Good dialogue. Nice casting. Way too much shaky camera and “found footage.” B

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A Prophet

Dark, long, slow, but pretty much flawless story of a French gangster-in-the-making.

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Public Enemies

The cinematography is some of the best I’ve ever seen, and I always enjoy watching Johnny Depp. But there’s something about glorifying a killer and bank robber that made this film feel hollow to me. Also, the shootouts rat-a-tat-tatted on and on.

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Punisher: War Zone

The Punisher punished me.

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The Purge

Pick of the Week

Would have been an underground classic except that it’s so damned popular. Very violent, very cool.

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