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Black Swan Blu-ray

Black Swan Blu-ray with Digital Copy

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder Running Time: 1 hr 47 mins Rating: R Due Out: March 29, 2011

PLOT: A ballet dancer (Portman) finally gets a big break with her company doing a production of “Swan Lake,” but a rival (Kunis) may want her top spot.

WHO’S IT FOR? Do you like an uncomfortable lingering vibe that keeps you on edge (I do). Also, there will be nominations with this film, so add it to your list if you want to be in the know.


From the director of Requiem for a Dream and The Wrestler comes Black Swan. I’m not just repeating a line from the ads for this film. It really is the perfect blend of those two films. Black Swan is creepy and beautiful.

It really is the perfect role for Portman. Her entire career up until this point could be described as “adult.” Her first two major roles in The Professional and Beautiful Girls showcased a little girl well beyond her years in maturity. It’s shocking to see Portman act this way. It’s her most immature character to date and it’s so well done.

Beauty, grace and the insane (in a good way) mind of Darren Aronofsky make Black Swan a hypnotically addictive film.



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