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

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: ★★★★★

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