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Trailer: Thor: The Dark World (2013)

UK release date October 30.

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston

Thor battles an ancient race of Dark Elves led by the vengeful Malekith who threatens to plunge the universe back into darkness after the events of The Avengers.

Directed by Alan Taylor.

Running time not yet released.

No Strings Attached (2011)

“You know, I don’t want to freak you out, but I’d love to hang out with you in the daytime sometime.”

Cast: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Kline

No Strings Attached

Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman star in a film, quite frankly, about sex without commitment. However they soon begin to realise that they start to feel something more for one another, which was strictly against the rules when they first came to this ‘friends with benefits’ agreement.

When this physical connection becomes something deeper, they don’t really know how to act on these emotions and your typical Hollywood romantic comedy unfolds. What’s that? Oh you predicted it? Yeah, me too.

No Strings Attached is a predictable film, but that doesn’t make it any less of a funny, light hearted romance that really draws you in. While some may slate the premise as weak and without real substance, you can’t deny that you had no idea that this is what the film was really about. Trailers, interviews and the synopsis gave all of this away, there was no hiding or deception involved in the film’s promotion and you really get what you expect from this film.

While some may think Portman has lowered her standards to be in such a flimsy film compared to her last performance in Black Swan, give the girl a break! It can’t all be heavy drama, and it was actually nice to see her have some fun with her role. The chemistry between her and Kutcher is great; you can really see that they had a blast filming this. Their connection is so conceivable and they each play their parts well – even if there are some monotonous performances mixed in with theirs.

No Strings Attached is honestly what it says on the tin. Watch it to escape from the world, as a fun chick flick or to just chill out with. We can’t always watch the heavy stuff and it’s films like this that give us a break.

Star rating:  6/10

Directed by Ivan Reitman.

Running time 110 minutes.

Black Swan (2010)

“The only person standing in your way is you.”

Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel

It’s unusual that I get so amped up for a film, but with all the hype surrounding Black Swan, I was counting down the days until its release.

black swanI often feel quite cynical about a film that has so much excitement surrounding it. Are people just jumping on the bandwagon by saying how great it is? What if the hype exceeds the actual quality of the film? Will expecting something fantastic disappoint me?

Black Swan did nothing but assure me that the entire buzz was well deserved though.

Natalie Portman portrays Nina Sayers, a ballerina who has strived to be centre stage for years. Winning the role of the white swan in the classic ‘Swan Lake’ though, sees changes in the perfect, timid Nina we are first introduced to. Through rigorous training, pressure to be the best and to live up to the preceding lead Beth, she experiences psychological issues that see her struggle between reality and fantasy.

Starring opposite Portman, Mila Kunis adds a bit of sass and dimension to the film. Her portrayal of Lily brings depth to the film, and allows the audience to question what is actually real, and what is just warped reality. More fitting of the role of the black swan, Lily competes with Nina, who reveals a much darker side of personality, expanding the films genre into a psychological thriller.

Black Swan has been nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing at the Oscars 2011.

The effort put into creating this spectacle has certainly paid off. Portman reveals she trained with professional ballet dancers 4/5 hours a day for about a year prior to filming, breaking a rib in the process.

Star Rating:    9/10

Directed by Darren Aronofsky.

Running time 108 minutes.