Mockingjay: Part 1

Turns a political struggle into something thrillingly personal.

The Beat Beneath My Feet

A toe-tapping indie that is, quite simply lovely.


An extraordinary true tale made disappointingly ordinary.

The Battle of the Five Armies

"Why does it hurt so much?" Because the rest of it felt so real.

You know how it is: you get on the train, an old man starts perving at you, maybe he sings a song, maybe he gets his tongue out, but the disturbing thing is that he looks strangely familiar.

That's because he's Uncle Hank. And he's been riding Darren Aronofsky's subway for years.

At first, I recognised the man in Black Swan as being vaguely like the bloke from Pi, but thought it was just a coincidence. Then I started to re-watch Aronofsky's back catalogue and realised he was a proper recurring character. Allow me to introduce you to Darren Aronofsky's favourite uncle.

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"I had the craziest dream last night, about a girl who was turned into a swan..."

How easy is it to get excited by a film that you've already seen? It turns out very easy when it's Black frickin' Swan, a veritable cinematic masterpiece that combines Natalie Portman, spindly legs and tinkly music with one hell of a mental breakdown.

A contemporary update of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, Nina (Portman) is a dancer in a New York troupe, led by Thomas (Vincent Cassell), who are preparing to stage the ballet at the start of their new season. Trying to inhabit both the naivety of the White Swan and the sensuality of the Black, Nina fights for perfection in the lead role. Then she gives up and starts smashing mirrors. Add the sexy Mila Kunis into the mix and things get well disturbing.

Black Swan is released on Friday 21st January, right in the lead up to awards season, and I for one can't wait. Again. Read on for the new poster, or check out the full Black Swan international trailer in the videos section. 

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