I’m not going to make it to the movies this weekend, which is a bummer since The Milennium Triology is playing in Boston and I want to check out the films in a theater. (Even though I hate the books.)Instead, here are two upcoming releases that are definitely going to draw some interest this awards season: Darron Aronofsky’s Black Swan and Tom Hopper’s The King’s Speech.
In Black Swan, Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis play ballet dancers in a production of Swan Lake. Nina (Portman) is the White Swan and Lily (Kunis) is the Black Swan. These roles take over their lives as Nina begins to channel the darker aspects of her personality. The trailer, embedded below, is twisted and intriguing, which is exactly what I would expect from an Aronofsky production. The psychological thriller premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it had a strong opening. Black Swan has been described the nightmarish aspects of The Red Shoes. I’m there.
Black Swan releases December 3.
The King’s Speech won the People’s Choice award at the Toronto Film Festival. Starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and a non-Bellatrix Lestrange Helena Bonham Carter it is the kind of movie critcs love: a historical film drenched in the drama of the Royal Family. The film centers around King George VI’s ascension to the throne and the stammer he had to overcome. (Royals with problems! How endearing!) Firth plays George VI and Rush is Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, who helped the future king overcome his stammer and successfully address the Australian parliament. Knowing Firth, Rush and Carter, the performances will hopefully be great fun to watch.
The King’s Speech releases November 26.