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 (ahem) stress that accompanies it. It's crazy, it's intense, and it's the most audacious movie of the year, barre none.
The Fighter Mark Wahlberg as real-life pugilist "Irish" Micky Ward, a welterweight wunderkind who has to overcome personal challenges, a crackhead brother (Christian Bale, with negative body fat), and a fierce family matriarch (Melissa Leo, with big hair) if he's going to amount to anything. David O. Russell directs. R