Black Swan (2010)

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Just as he did with 2008’s The Wrestler, Darren Aronofsky—together with his carefully chosen creative team—has constructed a fascinating world in which plays out a captivating psychological drama. Whereas his previous film unfolded in the testosterone-fuelled environment of professional wrestling, Black Swan’s setting is the polar opposite realm of the ballerina. But that’s not to say the character study contained within is any less powerful; indeed, this tale of ambition, awakening and desire has just as much impact.

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The Expendables (2010)

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Eighties action movies will always hold a special place in cinematic history, their glorious excesses a continuing influence. But although it’s been hyped as 2010’s biggest movie, there was always the possibility that The Expendables would be nothing more than an exercise in nostalgia. Luckily, it’s a little more than that.

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