Black Swan

Darren Aronofsky's over-the-top ballet-world psycho-thriller stars Natalie Portman as a freshly anointed prima ballerina struggling with her role and the anxieties that come with it. It's crazy, it's scary, it's intense. The most audacious movie of the year, barre none.


Waste Land World-renowned artist Vik Muniz heads to the world's largest landfill - a mountainscape of trash outside Rio de Janeiro - to "paint" portraits of the garbage pickers, and to collaborate with them. An inspiring, insightful documentary about human resilience and the power of art. Recently short-listed for Oscar consideration. No MPAA rating

White Material Isabelle Huppert plays the owner of a coffee plantation in Africa trying to hold her business and her family together as the country implodes in civil war. A sad, haunting meditation on post-colonial Africa from the brilliant Claire Denis, whose debut feature, 1988's Chocolat, was based on her experience growing up in a French colony. No MPAA rating