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Pan's Labyrinth (Mark's Take)
01/02/2007. Guillermo del Toro gives us one of the masterpieces of the fantasy film, says Mark. A child's fairy tale fantasies help to shape events in a military outpost after the Spanish Civil War. This is a film that works as a fantasy film and even better as a war film. Del Toro is one of the finest fantasy filmmakers in the world and this is his finest film.

Passengers (2008)
01/09/2009. region 2 DVD: pub: Lions Gate Home Entertainment B002BC9YES. 93 minute film. Price; £12.99 (UK). cast: Anne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson, David Morse, Andre Braugher and Clea Duvall.

01/02/2004. Sadly, our Frank discovers this film is one Paycheck not worth necessarily cashing or depositing as Woo waters down his boisterously banal and generic thriller all too convincingly.

Peach Girl Vol. 1
01/07/2008. region2 DVD: pub: Revelation Films. FUN72601. 1 DVD 100 minute film plus extras. Price: £15.99 (UK).

Peach Girl Vol. 3
01/03/2011. region2 DVD: pub: Revelation Films. FUN72604. 1 DVD 105 minute film plus extras. Price: GBP 15.99 (UK).

Peach Girl Vol. 4
01/03/2011. region2 DVD: pub: Revelation Films. FUN72604. 1 DVD 110 minute film plus extras. Price: GBP 15.99 (UK).

Peach Girl Volume 2
01/02/2009. region2 DVD: pub: Revelation Films. FUN72602. 1 DVD 100 minute film plus extras. Price: £15.99 (UK).

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (Mark's take)
01/03/2010. This film with the cumbersome title is a young adult movie from a young adult novel that reminds us of precursors Like Jason And The Argonauts And Clash Of The Titans, but is set in a contemporary setting. A high school boy finds out that the root of his problems is that he is a demigod in the sense of Greek mythology. In this world that mythology was not only true, the battles of the Greek gods continue today. Percy Jackson is suspect number one in the theft of Zeus's lightning bolt so goes from being an underachiever to battling the great monsters and gods of the Greek myths. This is a surprisingly satisfying fantasy adventure.

Peter Pan (Frank's Take)
01/02/2004. Visually vibrant and mystical in its charming presentation, Franks happily discovers Hogan's live action take on Peter Pan is an exquisite and sparkling celluloid fable that just pops into life.

Peter Pan (Mark's Take)
01/02/2004. In this new movie, Mark discovers a feast for the eyes that he can recommend with more conviction for parents than he can for the children who might see it.

Phil the Alien: Mark's Take
06/12/2004. Amateurish and low-budget skit on film has its moments, but mostly in its first half. The film outstays its welcome.

Pirahna 3D
1/09/2010. Killer fish chasing near-naked women. I miss the good old horror films of the 1970s. This film tries to be one of them and falls on its face. Insultingly the filmmakers thought that modern audiences want lots of nudity and lots of gore, but would not appreciate decent writing or interesting characters.

Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Mark's Take)
01/08/2006. Captain Jack Sparrow is back in a two-and-a-half-hour story (and that is just the first part) that continues from the previous Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl. Much more than the last film, finds Mark, this one returns to the franchise origins as an amusement park ride. This time this film is darker - both literally and figuratively. The characters are established so director Gore Verbinski spent less time developing them and more time skewering them or having them sword fight in rolling mill wheels. But the fun is still there.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (Mark's Take)
01/08/2004. This is almost certainly the most exciting pirate film ever made. This fast-paced confection of an adventure has wit, a good story and imaginative visuals. Johnny Depp gives what is probably his best performance as a grubby yet stylish pirate captain.

Pitch Black gets a Director's Cut
01/11/2001. Time for the monthly round-up our picks of the new SF/F DVDs and videos - and a few extra book reviews squeezed in too.

Pitch This: Pitch Black
01/04/2000. Vin Diesel rocks!

Planet Of The Apes Special Edition
01/06/2005. DVD. 20th Century Fox F1-0CB 22371DVD. Price: £45.00 (UK) although prices vary so look around for the best deal, I got mine for less than half price in Smiths). Stars: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, James Franciscus, Maurice Evans and Natalie Trundie.

Pottering About (Again)
01/12/2002. Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts School for his sophomore year and finds a new mystery involving a missing secret room at the school and a struggle between purebred wizards and those who are interbred. This is not a perfect film, and it does drag in spots, but it is consistently inventive and rewarding.

01/12/2001. A child persecuted by his foster parents discovers he is a great and powerful wizard. J. K. Rowling's fantasy (not just) for children comes to the screen in a very faithful 150-minute (not just for children) version.

Predator 2 Special Edition 2 DVD boxset
01/03/2006. DVD: 20th Century Fox F1-0GB 2941301001. 107 minute film with dual audio commentaries and extras: 2 disks. Price: £ 6.97 (UK) so shop around for the best price). stars: Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Ruben Blades, Maria Conchita Alonso, Bill Paxton and Kevin Peter Hall.

Predators (2010)
01/02/2011. region 2 DVD: pub: 20th Century Fox 4980511000. 102 minute film with a couple extras. Price: about GBP 8.00 (UK) if you know where to look). stars: Adrian Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins and Laurence Fishborne.

Premonition: Frank's Take
01/04/2007. Cinematically, says Frank, actress Sandra Bullock is all over the erratic map. One could take this as a positive and progressive move in her film career. She's done it all with inconsistent and uneven results: action-adventures, quirky comedies, romantic comedies, melodramas, ensemble indies, sci-fi thrillers, etc. Clearly, the fortysomething Bullock can proudly point to the fact that she's a versatile performer that can't be pigeonholed in any one particular genre.

Primer (Mark's Take)
02/11/2004. This SF film gets the research environment and the baffling scientific techno-jargon just about right. The story is hard to follow, but that might not be so unrealistic either. Definitely this is a demanding and puzzling film that does a lot with its minuscule budget.

Prometheus - Mark's take.
01/07/2012. Prometheus is a spectacular film and a spectacularly frustrating film. Full of earth-shaking ideas, much of the script just does not make even basic sense. It promises to give us at least science fictional explanations for some of the great questions of human existence, but it never has the courage to answer those questions. With tremendous special effects, much of the film is just plain unpleasant to watch. Spoiler warning: I will discuss some of the ideas of the film after the main review. I do not think it will damage the impact of the film, but be warned.

Prometheus (Frank's take)
01/07/2012. Although Prometheus deserves its autonomy as a gorgeous and glossy piece of science fiction filmmaking steeped in imaginative imagery and exquisite escapism the reality remains that it is a promising prequel to the legendary moviemaking masterpiece in 1979ís sci-fi horror show Alien.

Punisher: War Zone: Ewan's take
01/12/2009. Region 2 DVD: pub: Sony Pictures B001WAKCWI. 99 minute film DVD. Price: £5.98 if you know where to look)cast: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Doug Hutchinson and Julie Benz.

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