The film is belongs to Natalie Portman and it is hers to lose. Everyone else is a supporting player to her tour de force performance. Portman can cry. She’s pretty good at it too. What’s really impressive is her transformation in this film. She looks like a ballerina (she studied dance until age 12), her body long and sinewy. Every thought and feeling reads on her face, at times making the audience uncomfortable. I love her. She seems like someone I would want to be friends with. We could chat about books or politics over yummy vegan fare and gossip about boys. There have been some baubles along the way (“Anywhere but Here”, “Star Wars”- don’t send your letters, those movies never needed to be made) but the highlights far outweigh. Must viewing: “Leon/The Professional” (get the European version, “Leon”, if you can), “Beautiful Girls”, “Closer” (a double feature of this with “Black Swan” is sure to lead to heavy drinking), “V for Vendetta”, “Brothers”. I have high hopes for “Your Highness” and “Hesher” (both out next year I believe), but am worried about “Thor”. Dear god, please don’t let that movie hurt her.