Though there are always exceptions (Inception, The Social Network), generally the best movies of the year are released in December. And why not? It’s right before awards season, it’s way too cold to play outside, and millions of people head home for the holidays only to realize they have absolutely nothing to do.
Whether you’re desperate to escape your crazy Aunt Nelda, needing a little quiet time with your date or just want to get a jump on your Oscar picks, December has a movie for you. Here are a few of our top picks.
1) Black Swan (now playing): If Center Stage taught us anything, it’s that being a ballet dancer is hard—all that not-eating, cigarette-smoking and being seduced by your boss stuff—but no one ever told us that sanity could be on the line. That is until Black Swan, a new psychological thriller from Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler), which pits Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis (real life BFFs) against one another for the leading role in Swan Lake.
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