Length: 108 minutes
Actors: Natalie Portman, Barbara Hershey, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder, Mila Kunis
Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side – a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
Nominated for FOUR Golden Globes: Best Picture, Best Actress (Portman), Best Supporting Actress (Kunis) and Best Director!
A wicked, sexy and ultimately devastating study of a young dancer’s all-consuming ambition. — Peter Debruge, Variety
Portman’s portrait of an artist under siege is unmissable and unforgettable. So is the movie. You won’t know what hit you. — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
This is, no doubt about it, a tour de force, a work that fully lives up to its director’s ambitions. — David Edelstein, New York Magazine
This is Portman’s bid for Best Actress at the next Oscars, and it thrills to watch her go for it. — Peter Howell, Toronto Star
We Club members lucked out this month, because this film has opened not only at the Grand Cinema, but city wide as well. Here are the feature times as per today.
THE GRAND CINEMA:
Sat-Sun: (12:35), (3:15), 6:10, 8:45 Mon-Fri: (3:15), 6:10, 8:45
REGAL LAKEWOOD STADIUM 15 @ 84th St:
11:00 am, 2:00, 5:00, 7:45, 10:20
REGAL LONGSTON PLACE @ Puyallup:
1:30, 4:00, 7:10, 10:10
GALAXY UPTOWN THEATRE @ Gig Harbor
10:30, 1:00, 6:00, 8:30
See you at the movies!