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The Dark Knight Rises


Tuesday, September 25 2012

Catwoman Is Not Catwoman in 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Catwoman does not exist. By the end of The Dark Knight Rises we see, what could be, the end of Batman. And in a future without Batman, Selina becomes the rebound girl for a man who just dumped his alter ego…

Thursday, September 20 2012

Reflections on the Revolution in Gotham: Of Burke and Batman

Amidst the wheezing voice of Bane and the thunderous roar of the Batpod, The Dark Knight Rises offers a quiet reminder to cherish the important and enduring things in life, and to remember one’s obligations to friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens.

Wednesday, July 25 2012

Fear and Low Things in Aurora: The Dark Knight Also Rises

The story of Aurora, the real story of Aurora isn't the story of psychotic action. Jim Holmes will not inscribe himself into this. I will simply not allow it, and neither will you...

Wednesday, May 2 2012

Hot Stuff: The PopMatters Summer 2012 Movie Preview (July)

It's a battle of the box office biggest superheros as July sees Batman take on a new webslinger for artistic and commercial bragging rights.


Monday, July 23 2012

In Defense of Film Critics Who Didn't Like 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Love it or hate it, The Dark Knight Rises isn't worth the type of outlandish responses received in light of the movie's initial reviews.


Sunday, December 2 2012

Batman's Bad Day(s): 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Batman has always been the Dark Knight. His origins are in an alleyway, his story is essentially a vengeance narrative that explores obsession, totemistic fascination with symbolism, and near madness.

Friday, July 20 2012

'The Dark Knight Rises': Into the Pit and Out

Bane comes at Batman with a prodigious force and bloody fury, premised on the fact that he is built to deliver the hero's punishment and thus his motivation for rising.


Wednesday, January 16 2013

No Love for a 'Dark Knight' Yet Again

Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise has terrible awards luck. Ben Travers asks why...

Friday, August 10 2012

In ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Money Matters

Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film shows the inhabitants of Gotham wrestling with issues of the real world, namely: money, class, and power.

Thursday, August 2 2012

'Rises' Is More Like 'Begins' Than 'Knight', and That's a Good Thing

The final installment in Nolan’s saga brings the focus back where it belongs: on the man behind the mask.

Wednesday, July 25 2012

What Now, Christopher Nolan?

Even if Christopher Nolan wanted to go in a completely different direction, making something outside his frame of reference or comfort level, he would more than likely meet with near universal approval from within the industry.

Monday, July 23 2012

What If They Didn't Report the Box Office Figures... and Nobody Cared

For many, the lack of an 'official' box office result will mean very little this week. Considering what it does and does not represent, it should have never really mattered in the first place.

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Wednesday, August 29 2012

In China, Hollywood blockbusters face off on same days

LOS ANGELES — China is rolling up the red carpet for Hollywood. Just six months after Chinese and American leaders reached a new agreement allowing more

Monday, August 6 2012

In wake of Aurora massacre, should ‘Dark Knight’ campaign for Oscar?

LOS ANGELES — Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes made the company’s first public comment on the commercial prospects of “The Dark Knight Rises” on

Sunday, August 5 2012

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ sends a reminder at box office

LOS ANGELES — Many moviegoers forgot about “Total Recall” at the box office this weekend, as the reboot of the 1990 amnesia classic failed to prove as

Monday, July 23 2012

Did Batman film’s marketing play a role in massacre?

Just hours before 12 people died and dozens were wounded in the “Dark Knight Rises” movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., I was at a screening

Friday, July 20 2012

Even before people see it, reactions to ‘Dark Knight Rises’ reviews can be hostile

A mixed review of a feverishly anticipated blockbuster in the making — let’s take “The Dark Knight Rises” as an example — works like a Rorschach

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