The lovable haunted sisters and America's favorite demon are back for more scares in 'Paranormal Activity 3' just in time for the Halloween season. 'PA 3' is a prequel to 'PA 2' which was a prequel to 'PA 1'. If you haven't watched the previous ones, don't worry you can jump right in. This movie is made up of footages taken from Katie and Kristi's childhood. Yes, the VHS tapes make a cameo appearance. When the new house starts to make strange noises and sounds, the curious father decides to set up cameras in the rooms hoping to find the culprit. Just like in the previous PA movies, the more attention you give the demon, the more active it gets. That may be good news for the audience yearning for scares, but it definitely is not good for the poor family.
If you have watched the previous Paranormal movies, you know exactly what to expect here. Sadly, the novelty has definitely worn out since the first movie. 'PA 3' is a movie that is meant to be experienced at the theater, preferably with a group of people. It is more like a ride more than movie. You are not going to watch this to find some deep insights into the human existence. No, you go to watch this movie to have some loud noise and freaky images scare the crap out of you. This movie, like the previous ones aren't really scary, but it does excellent job of building anticipation and are full of 'got cha' moments. I must mention that two sisters in this movie does a really good job of creeping you out, especially the younger one who actually talks to the demon. So, if you and your friends are in a mood for some thrill this time of the year, going to see 'Paranormal Activity 3' will beat going to some lame haunted house.
Rotten Tomatoes- Audience- 69%, Critics- 71%
Yong's Rating- 3/5 stars
I didn't think you could make a comedy about cancer without being too insensitive or offensive. Which is probably why there aren't too many cancer comedy movies out there. However, '50/50' takes the subject of cancer and manages to tell a genuinely funny and compelling story. The movie is loosely based on Seth Rogen's friend Will Reiser who wrote the script. Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays Adam, a 27 year old who is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. He learns that patients with his form of cancer has a 50% survival rate. It was moving to watch the progression of Adam through the different phases of treatment. It must be daunting to be face to face with death at such a young age. To be fully aware that death isn't something that you need to worry about years down the line. That it can come at any instant, sometimes without any reason or warning. Coping with something as serious as cancer isn't something one can be expected to deal with alone, and it's important to find a close support group that you can count on. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen are two likable charismatic guys that are enjoyable to watch on screen and they didn't disappoint. Anna Kendrick is also very cute in her role as the young therapist. '50/50' tackles a tough subject with laughs and human drama. I really enjoyed this movie and I recommend it to anyone who is curious about it.
Rotten Tomatoes- Critics- 92%, Audience- 91%
Yong's Rating- 4/5 stars