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 (ahem) stress that accompanies it. It's crazy, it's intense, and it's the most audacious movie of the year, barre none.

R

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

Tiny Furniture Snappily ironic and full of barbed observations about the post-college jobless generation, writer/director/star Lena Dunham's quasi-autobiographical New York story isn't always pretty, but it's pretty funny. No MPAA rating