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    Immersed in Movies: 'The Dark Knight Rises' from Inception

    While other directors strive to ground their superhero movies with relatable characters, Christopher Nolan has achieved something greater with "The Dark Knight Rises": he wraps up his gritty Batman trilogy with an operatic flourish and a sublime catharsis, coming full circle back to "Batman Begins."...

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    The Dark Knight Rises—movie review

    It’s almost too much to hope for: a summer blockbuster that’s compelling, original, well-crafted and perfectly cast. Yet that is precisely what director and co-writer Christopher Nolan has given us in 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

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    'Beasts of the Southern Wild': The View from New Orleans

    'Beasts of the Southern Wild': The View from New Orleans

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    Criticwire Picks: Forget 'The Dark Knight.' Another Billionaire Movie Tops This Week's List

    When deciding which movie to go see in theaters, some weekends it’s best to just pull a name out of a hat. According to members of our Criticwire Network, you have plenty of solid options this week. The upcoming quintet of new releases hitting theaters in the days to come all have averages of ...

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    How 'Shut Up and Play the Hits' Provides Closure for LCD Soundsystem Fans

    At a pivotal moment in "Shut Up and Play the Hits," James Murphy cries.

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    Dan Fishback's Madonna & Britney Early Twentieth Century Russian Émigré Musical Comedy Is Unmissable

    There are two huge, delightful surprises in Dan Fishback's new play "The Material World," playing Fridays and Saturdays all July at Dixon Place's HOT! Festival for queer performance. One is that the play, which has an anachronistic set-up at the heart of its absurdist drama treats...

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    Now and Then: The Long, Slow Death of the Movie Musical

    It's been 60 years since the musical's prime — when Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, those sorcerers of sound, joined forces on "Singin' in the Rain" — so you'll forgive me if this week's theatrical screenings in honor of the anniversary feel less like a celebration than an obituary. The musical is dea...

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    'The Dark Knight Rises' Early Reviews: 'Grand' 'Spectacular' & 'Triumphantly Cinematic'

    We can finally feast our eyes on Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" on July 20; in the meantime Warners opened the embargo doors Sunday to a flood of ecstatic early reviews:

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Visceral 'The Dark Knight Rises' Is A Cinematic, Cultural & Personal Triumph

    In a season filled with big movies that somehow ask even bigger questions, “The Dark Knight Rises” feels like the superego to its competition’s id. An action opus that manages at to be both viscerally and intellectually engaging, Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated third Batman film comes full ci...

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    REVIEW: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Brings Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy to a Thundering, Mostly Satisfying Conclusion

    REVIEW: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Brings Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy to a Thundering, Mostly Satisfying Conclusion

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