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Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images

Genre: Horror/Suspense

Starring: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella, James Rebhorn

Plot: What if someone gave you a box containing a button that, if pushed, would bring you a million dollars…but simultaneously take the life of someone you don’t know? Would you do it? And what would be the consequences? The year is 1976. Norma Lewis is a teacher at a private high school and her husband, Arthur, is an engineer working at NASA. They are, by all accounts, an average couple living a normal life in the suburbs with their young son…until a mysterious man with a horribly disfigured face appears on their doorstep and presents Norma with a life-altering proposition: the box. With only 24 hours to make their choice, Norma and Arthur face an impossible moral dilemma. What they don’t realize is that no matter what they decide, terrifying consequences will have already been set in motion. They soon discover that the ramifications of this decision are beyond their control and extend far beyond their own fortune and fate. –© Warner Bros

Director: Richard Kelly

Running time: 1:55

Kate says: 1 1/2 stars “Maybe I missed something here, but I would have to say that The Box is undoubtedly one of the worst movies I’ve seen this year. It’s poorly acted (Diaz southern accent laughable – I grew up in KY, I know a southern accent when I hear one) , the dialogue is laughable, the plot is ridiculous, and the pacing is bad.The story line is bizarre, creepy and weird, which unfortunately do not translate into good this time.”

Ebert says – 3 stars “I know, I know, “The Box” triumphantly qualifies for one of my favorite adjectives, “preposterous.” But if you make a preposterous movie that isn’t boring, I count that as some kind of a triumph.” (read full review)

Eric Snider says: B “The whole story is preposterous, of course. I’m not even sure what genre it belongs to. Science fiction? Fantasy? Conspiracy thriller? Yet even with its occasional lapses into random weirdness, it remains watchable and engaging, often suspenseful, even creepy.” (read full review)

Rotten Tomatoes says: 45% Consensus: Imaginative but often preposterous, The Box features some thrills but largely feels too piecemeal.”

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