MOVIE REVIEW: 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: ★★★★★

MOVIE REVIEW: CARRIERS (David Pastor, Alex Pastor, 2009)

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Here’s another movie that I initially didn’t like at all. Another viewing made me realize that it didn’t really aim that high and was more enjoyable with lowered expectations.

If you’re a fan of anything zombie-related, love disease/infection/virus thrillers, and a complete germophobe, I recommend you watch this one. You’d want to bathe in Clorox afterwards.

Rating: 3/5

MOVIE REVIEW: BRUNO (Larry Charles, 2009)

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Even with a flamboyant character (and a gifted actor at the helm), the movie didn’t quite reach the comedic heights of Borat. The movie brutally poked fun at the seemingly faux glitz of the entertainment and fashion industry leaving nobody unscathed (and yes, the list included Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Kevin Spacey). As expected, no issues were considered taboo including, but not limited to, homosexuality, religion, and racial discrimination. Unfortunately, most of the jokes seemed to be for shock value rather than played for genuine laughs.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

MOVIE REVIEW: THE BOX (Richard Kelly, 2009)

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Admittedly, I hated the movie when I first saw it in theaters a couple of years back. There was a reason why it earned an “F” in CinemaScore (a general survey of ratings from U.S. moviegoers). There was just no redeeming quality in the movie, from the perplexing premise to the sci-fi mumbo jumbo down to the downer of an ending. I put the blame on the misleading trailer, setting it up as a psychological thriller when it was so much more than that. It just seemed like the movie was meant to be seen again once the mysteries have been solved. I still didn’t like it the second time but it was a different experience from when I first saw it. Maybe another re-watch is in order a few months from now.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆