Movie Titles: P

Pretty Persuasion

Pretty Persuasion

Lead-footed revenge comedy about a manipulative, fame-obsessed high school sophomore (Evan Rachel Wood) who decides the fastest route to stardom is through scandal. So, enlisting the aid of both her dippy best friend and a shy Muslim girl, she files sexual abuse charges - which may or may not be valid - against a lecherous English teacher at their Beverly… read more!

Pride

Pride

It was one of those so-random-you-can't-make-it-up moments in history: In 1984, while UK coal miners were striking against Margaret Thatcher's decision to reduce government subsidies and close down 20 mines, a small group of gay and lesbian activists in London decided to raise funds to help an individual coal mining center in Wales. Pride dramatizes this event, sucking out most… read more!

The Princess and the Warrior

The Princess and the Warrior

I'm beginning to wonder if Tom Tykwer's breakout hit Run Lola Run was a fluke. After seeing his earlier Wintersleepers, an interesting if pretentious drama, and now his latest offering, I suspect that this guy is more comfortable making dry, slow films than his frenetic Lola. Time time around, he explores the odd relationship between Sissi (Lola herself, Franka Potente),… read more!

Pulse

Pulse

The latest creep-out by one of Japan's most intriguing directors, Kiyoshi Kurosawa (whose 1997 thriller Cure only recently was released in the US), Pulse doesn't have an American distributor yet, but for those of you surfing around for a review, here it is. Though my old roommate found it derivative of some Japanese comic book, I don't know from those… read more!

Punch-Drunk Love

Punch-Drunk Love

If nothing else, Paul Thomas Anderson will be remembered for his hubris. First he shamelessly apes Scorsese and Altman in his overstuffed and overrated Boogie Nights and Magnolia, and now he has decided he's going to be the guy who taught Adam Sandler how to act. Frankly, I had no real doubts that Sandler could put in a good performance… read more!