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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Star Trek (2009)

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If any franchise is deserving of a flashy reboot, it’s Star Trek. This work horse of a series started life as an American sci-fi TV drama back in 1966, winning over audiences with its cardboard cut-out sets, colourful storylines and hugely likable, well-defined characters. Its cult popularity saw the original show endure right through until 1969, and it has since spawned four spin-off series, an animated show and 10 feature films, not to mention endless books and graphic novels, partworks, fan films and even chart hits.

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