Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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JOHN CARPENTER'S THE WARD (15) Kristen (Amber Heard) is incarcerated in North Bend Psychiatric Hospital for setting fire to an abandoned farmhouse. She is remanded to the isolation ward under the care of Dr Stringer (Jared Harris) and immediately clashes with dour Nurse Lundt (Susanna Burney) and orderly Roy (Dan Anderson). Kristen soon meets the other patients - self-abusive Emily (Mamie Gummer), talented artist Iris (Lyndsy Fonseca), flirtatious Sarah (Danielle Panabaker) and babyish Zoey (Laura-Leigh). Late one night, Kristen glimpses a ghostly face staring at her through the window and she senses that something is terribly awry at North Bend. Sure enough, the hospital conceals a shocking secret about a former patient.

BLACK SWAN (15) Artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) presides over a ballet company at New York's Lincoln Center, all too aware that his productions have lost their edge. So he very publicly terminates the services of prima ballerina Beth Macintyre (Winona Ryder) and chooses Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) as her replacement to lead an erotically charged new staging of Swan Lake. Nina is technically gifted but she struggles to express her emotions on stage, which causes friction with Thomas. Soon after, sensual ballerina Lily (Mila Kunis) is cast as understudy to the lead role and Nina feels threatened. Harangued by her mother (Barbara Hershey), a former dancer who gave up everything to raise a family, Nina wrestles with fear and paranoia.

MORNING GLORY (12A) Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) is one of the brightest stars at Good Morning New Jersey but her sterling efforts are rewarded with redundancy. Unperturbed, the young producer telephones every TV network searching for a job, to the despair of her mother (Patti D'Arbanville), who wants her daughter to give up her dream of working in television. …

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