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Dubbed a psychological thriller, Black Swan is more horror than it would like to admit. This movie isn't just dark, it's pitch black, visceral and disturbing and stays with you like a bad dream. Natalie Portman's Oscar win wasn't a vanity prize. Her character, Nina Sayers, a rail-thin over-achieving ballerina, suffers in this movie, and she takes you with her. With the dark sexuality of The Piano Teacher and the horror of obsession a la Misery, this isn't one to see with the parents.

Between Portman and Mila Kunis' infamous sex scene and the film's sweep through the award season, Black Swan provides steamy scenes as well as bona fide talent, from the screenwriting to the acting. The film is a well-executed nightmare worth experiencing.

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Director: Darren Aronofsky

Writer: Andres Heinz, Mark Heyman and John McLaughlin

Producer: Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin

Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Sebastian Stan, Vincent Cassel, Janet Montgomery, Barbara Hershey, Christopher Gartin, Toby Hemingway and Kristina Anapau