The only person standing in your way is you.
A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, BLACK SWAN stars Natalie Portman (who took home a much deserved Best Actress Oscar) as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunis, who received an Oscar nomination for her performance). Visionary director Darren Aronofsky‘s (THE WRESTLER, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM) psychosexual thriller takes a terrifying journey through the fevered mind of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.
Nina’s 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, the mysterious Lily (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.
“A ballet movie so majestically lurid it almost creates its own genre; a backstage melodrama set in a dark hall of mirrors.” (Seattle Times)
“Visceral and real even while it’s one delirious, phantasmagoric freakout.” (New York Times)
“For every moment of exquisite grace, Aronofsky compensates with a shot of bruised toes mercilessly cracking, or someone taking a pair of scissors to the sole of a pink toe shoe.” (Washington Post)
Friday, December 2
Doors 11:00 pm | Movie 11:30 pm
Tickets $8 advance HERE | $10 at the door
*Minors permitted in the balcony. [Please note this film is rated 18A.] Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
BLACK SWAN (Darren Aronofsky, 2010 / 108 mins / 18A) A ballet dancer wins the lead in “Swan Lake” and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan – Princess Odette – but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.