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(B+) Panic Room

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This thriller, in the claustrophobic mode of "Rear Window", finds Meg (Jodie Foster), a recent divorcee, and her combative daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart), trapped in the secret vault/bomb shelter...

(C+) Passion of Mind

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is the movie equivalent of a juicy beach book, an old-fashioned guilty pleasure chick flick. The plot is "Sliding Doors" crossed with the fairy tale of the dancing princesses with a touch o...

(B+) The Passion of The Christ

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This is both more and less than a movie. In one sense, it is less a movie than the heartfelt prayer of a gifted film-maker. In another it is a narrow and harrowing perspective on a story that, no m...

(B+) The Patriot

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As I watched this movie, I kept thinking of the tagline from "Jaws 4:" "This time it's personal." Mel Gibson plays Benjamin Martin, a veteran of the British army who was a hero during the French a...

(B) Paul

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Director Greg Mottola ("Superbad," "Adventureland") is an expert at mixing raunch and sweetness. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost ("Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz") are experts at making funny but knowing ...

(B+) Pay it Forward

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A child challenged to change the world comes up with a plan. He will do three important favors for people who need them. Then, instead of allowing them to pay it back, he will ask each of them to...

(C) Paycheck

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Scientists will discover a way to bend the laws of time before anyone remembers that a movie about bending the laws of time has to have some way of handling the problem of determinism versus free w...

(B-) Peeples

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(F+) Perfect Stranger

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Was Ashley Judd at the hairdresser the day this script came in? She's usually the star of movies like this -- the low-level potboiler with the plucky girl in jeopardy, and Morgan Freeman around so...

(C+) Personal Velocity

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With near perfect adherence to the original text, director Rebecca Miller has adapted three of the seven short stories from her book “Personal Velocity” for this engaging film about life’s tu...

(C) Phone Booth

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Even the most paranoid fantasies have to make sense at some level, and this one just doesn't.

The premise is all right. Colin Farrell plays Stu, whose job is Hollywood's favorite indicator...

(A+) The Pianist

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The Pianist is an emotionally devastating true story of a Jewish pianist in Poland caught up in the horrors of World War II.

Director Roman Polanski, himself a survivor of the Holocaust who l...

(A) Pieces of April

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
One of my favorite Thanksgiving films is this touching story of a young woman, estranged from her family, who invites them to Thanksgiving dinner at her apartment. I love movies that don't feel lik...

(B+) Pleasantville

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In "Dave" and "Big" screenwriter Gary Ross gave us characters whose innocent honesty and goodness revealed and transformed the adult world. Now, as both screenwriter and director of "Pleasantville,...

(B+) Pollock

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The best biographical movies do three things. They show us why the life being depicted was important and how the main character had an important impact on the way we see the world. They give us a...

(B+) Possession

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No one thinks more carefuly about words than poets, scholars, and detectives. All three come together in two parallel love stories spanning two centuries, based on the astonishingly inventive, da...

(D) Practical Magic

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This uneven adaption of Alice Hoffman's lyrical novel is the story of two orphan girls from a family of witches. Raised by aunts who feed them brownies for breakfast and are visited by neighbors on...

(D) Price of Glory

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In the 1940's, this movie would have starred John Garfield and been on the lower half of a double feature. In 2000, it stars Jimmy Smits as the father who pushes his three boys to be championship b...

(B+) Prime

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Writer-director Ben Younger, who perflectly nailed the high-testosterone world of pump-and-dump stock scams in Boiler Room, is a bit more uneven with a switch over to the estrogen side of things wi...

(B) Prisoners

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The subject matter of the movie "Prisoners"-- parents desperately searching for their kidnapped little girls-- is so potent that it requires a strong, sure director to maintain control.  Canadian ...

(B+) Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Julianne Moore's radiant performance as Evelyn Ryan does for this movie what the real-life Ryan's "contest-ing" did for her family in the 1950's -- it holds it together with such mesmerizing grace ...

(B+) Prometheus

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(A-) Proof

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People often speak of "opening up" a play when it is made into a movie. In one sense the Tony- and Pulitzer-prize winning Broadway production of "Proof" has been opened up. Instead of entirely ta...

(C+) Proof of Life

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Another stunning performance from Russell Crowe holds together a movie that is otherwise not sure exactly what it wants to be.

Inspired by a magazine article about "K and R" consultants and a ...

(B-) Public Enemies

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Back before the days when trashy faux celebrities from tawdry reality shows merited magazine covers and "gangsta" rappers postured and pretended to be killers, there was once a romanticized fascina...

(B+) Punch-Drunk Love

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Comedians use humor to transcend norms and act outside the rules of civility to express the feelings we strive to keep inside – anger, insecurity, resentment, and selfishness. Many of them assum...

(C+) The Punisher

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It's not as easy to turn a comic book into a movie as you might think, even though comics and illustrated novels are closer to cinema in conception than any other art form. But as this second atte...



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