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Dir. Darren Aronofsky
(2010, R, 108 min)
★ ★ ★ ★

At its heart, the hypnotically brilliant Black Swan is about the conflict between expression and control. It stars Natalie Portman as Nina Sayers, a New York ballerina working relentlessly for her chance at stardom. She’s fanatically disciplined, and her technique is flawless, but her face is hard and tense, like a cable pulled tight and ready to snap. Ballet is an art that forgives no mistake, not a foot out of place or an ounce of fat to alter the balance of a perfect physical form. Nina has dedicated herself at the expense of all else.

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Dir. Nicholas Stoller
(R) ★ ★ ★ ½

It’s always a pleasant surprise to see a romantic comedy that’s about the characters in it. Most are about formula, and the characters are moved about the formula like props, with little regard for their personalities or intelligence. Forgetting Sarah Marshall has four main characters: Peter (Jason Segel, also the co-writer) is a composer for a TV crime show and the boyfriend of its star, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), who abruptly leaves him for vain rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). To nurse his wounds, Peter takes a trip to Hawaii, where he meets lovely hotel receptionist Rachel (radiant Mila Kunis).

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