BlACK sWAn

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Dar­ren Aronof­sky ( The Wrestler) turns his bru­tal vi­sion on the world of bal­let in this story of a young dancer driven to mad­ness by artis­tic am­bi­tion. Ris­ing bal­le­rina Nina (Natalie Port­man) must get in touch with her dark side to play the Black Swan while main­tain­ing her vir­ginal good­ness for the White Swan in a fa­mous bal­let. The movie has lots of pain, blood, eroti­cism, and con­spic­u­ous ex­cess. Vin­cent Cas­sel is ex­cel­lent as the im­pre­sario who chal­lenges Nina to this trip into schizophre­nia. Port­man delivers the char­ac­ter, but she’s no prima bal­le­rina. Screen­writer Mark Hey­man holds a Q&A ses­sion af­ter the 7:40 p.m. screen­ing on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 29. Rated R. 110 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Jonathan Richards)

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