ZOMBIELAND (Ruben Fleischer, 2009)

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My favorite scene (aside from everything with Bill Murray in it) was when Jesse Eisenberg said that the best thing about Zombieland was that “There are no Facebook status updates”, and then a year later he played Mark Zuckerberg on The Social Network.

Rating: ★★★★☆

THE UNBORN (David S. Goyer, 2009)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

It stopped being scary as soon as the possessed kid muttered the classic “Jumby wants to be born now” line. It had me in stitches.

I remember how lovely Odette Yustman looked in Cloverfield. I was not surprised with the gratuitous shower and underwear scenes.

I’m so over movies with twisting body parts and dead people doing the spider walk. Everything screams Asian horror rip-off.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

(Originally published September 6, 2013.)

AVATAR (James Cameron, 2009)

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Didn’t realize that the colors of the wind were just shades of blue. Fantastic special effects, though.

I don’t think I’ll ever warm up to Avatar. It took me three days to finish the movie because my eyes were not cooperating.

And I just hated the fact that James Horner simply recycled his award-winning score for Titanic. Please.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published August 3, 2013.)

MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT (Kenny Ortega, 2009)

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Tried to be a concert movie and a documentary, but failed as both. Although the songs were undeniably strong (hello, King of Pop!), the movie didn’t really offer any new insights. It just provided glimpses of the icon being nice to his crew and being human just like everyone else. I would have had more fun listening to his Thriller album.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

 

PUSH (Paul McGuigan, 2009)

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It could have been called Heroes the Movie. Using a similar mythology as the hit TV show, we follow the lives of several characters with superhuman powers as they freak themselves out, freak others out, and get their freak on.

Camilla Belle is a terrible actress and the movie does feel trashy at times but it succeeds in drawing you in this fantasy world. The fight scenes are excellently-staged and anything with Dakota Fanning is at least worth a see.

Rating: 3/5

PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL “PUSH” BY SAPPHIRE (Lee Daniels, 2009)

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People that complain and whine a lot should watch this movie. Here’s a moving story about an obese girl that suffered physical and emotional abuse from everyone around her. The movie isn’t a typical tearjerker; it actually feels like real life.

Credit goes to the amazing Gabourey Sidibe who embodies Precious in all aspects that it would be hard to separate the actress from the character. The rest of the supporting cast that includes Mo’Nique (frightening and ferocious and so deserving of that Oscar), Paula Patton, and Mariah Carey (yes, that Mariah Carey!) all give phenomenal performances.

It’s heartbreaking and depressing yet surprisingly hopeful.

Rating: ★★★★★