Thursday, January 27, 2011

In Cinemas This Week

Black Swan - In director Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller, ambitious New York City ballet dancer Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) lands the lead role in "Swan Lake" but soon thinks her dreams of stardom are threatened by a rival ballerina (Mila Kunis). As opening night approaches and the pressure to be perfect builds, Nina's obsession descends into paranoia and delusion.

Inside Job - Uncover the roots of the 2008 global economic crisis with Charles Ferguson's documentary, which combines extensive research and convincing interviews to single out a rogue industry that has tainted every sector of the financial system. Narrated by actor Matt Damon, this complex yet comprehensible film - an Official Selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival - features discussions with influential politicians, academics, journalists and more.

Secreteriat - When Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father's thoroughbred stable, she transforms from housewife to horse breeder - and owner of the colt that will take the 1973 Triple Crown - in this dramatic biopic. The film explores Chenery's bond with "Big Red" and depicts her rise to greatness as the "first lady of racing".

The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell - A coming of age drama with a difference: it’s the father who does the growing up. In equal measures charming and infuriating, Gazza Snell (William McInnes) is mad about karting – as are his teenage boys Marc and Ed, played by talented newcomers Josh and William McKenzie, who are brothers in real life. Gazza is obsessive to the point of tunnel vision about his boys making the big time in the world of motorsport. Both boys are talented kart drivers and a lucrative career in Formula One is a real possibility. Gazza has borrowed big money, is on the verge of securing a job with a local Chinese businessman and is hopeful the next race will get Marc a spot with an elite Italian training team.

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