"Precious" | "'Precious,' 'Adventureland,' 'Hurt Locker,' 'Crazy Heart,' and, indeed, a totally reinvigorated 'Star Trek' from J.J. Abrams. But if I were to narrow the year down to a single experience, it would have to be the five minutes in 'Precious' when Mo'Nique takes all the oxygen from the air. It's the most complicated and heartbreaking cinematic performance I have come across in years. If the essence of intelligence is the ability to hold contradictory ideas at the same time, then Mo'Nique gets the genius award: It was like watching a poet scribble 14 different, yet simultaneous, lines of doom."
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