'Precious' Arrives to Syracuse

I know one thing on my schedule this weekend: watching “Precious” … finally.

The film based on Sapphire’s book “Push” opens today in Syracuse theaters. The film was a winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and came out in major cities two weeks ago.

The film features newcomer Gabourey Sidibe playing the title role. Mo’Nique and Mariah Carey also star. The book and film is a harrowing tale of emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Pregnant by her own father for the second time, 16-year-old Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) can neither read nor write and suffers constant abuse at the hands of her vicious mother (Mo’Nique ). One of the most shocking aspects I felt when reading “Push” was seeing a mother in the role of an abuser. My own assumptions and typical media portrayals have shown, if abuse is in the home, the mother is also a victim along with their chid(ren). Mo’Nique has received much praise and even Oscar buzz with her portrayal of this mother who comes off more as a monster.

The film is rated R for child abuse including sexual assault and pervasive language. Viewers younger than 17 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

Show times:

Regal Carousel Stadium 17:
Call 466-5678
Today & Saturday: 10:05 a.m., 12:50 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 9:40 p.m., 10:20 p.m. and 12:20 a.m.
Sunday: 10:05 a.m., 12:50 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 9:40 p.m. and 10:20 p.m.

Manilus Art Cinema
Call 682-9817
Today: 6:15 p.m., 8:45 p.m.

Saturday: 1:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.

Sunday: 1:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.