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It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everythi... read more read for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.. -- (C) Warner Bros.

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PG-13, 2 hr. 45 min.

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Release Date: July 20, 2012

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DVD Release Date: December 4, 2012

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  • June 26, 2014
    The more time that passes, the worse I feel about this film. this film adds levitt and hathaway, two actors i love, but is really pretty bad. a dud to cap off what could have been a masterful trilogy.
  • March 29, 2014
    Eight years after the death of Harvey Dent, a reclusive Bruce Wayne brings Batman out of retirement to combat a ruthless mercenary with an army of fanatical followers who hold the entire city of Gotham for ransom. I feel I have to begin this review by pointing out that The Dark K... read morenight Rises is a beautifully crafted superhero blockbuster, because otherwise it's going to sound extremely negative! The problem for me is that this film is somewhat lacking in the "X Factor" that made the first two instalments seem so very special. Let's face it, Tom Hardy had an act that's basically impossible to follow but when the script touched on the moral ambiguity of the character of Bruce Wayne (that he's essentially a billionaire who goes around beating up poor people to maintain the establishment's status quo) I thought that Nolan had done it again. Unfortunately he chose not to explore the social implications, instead electing to hang a bomb over the heads of this "citizen's revolution" reducing Bane to another hostage taking thug instead of a radical revolutionary. I also think that removing Alfred and therefore much of the humanity and humour from the equation was a mistake and I would have liked a little more ambiguity (a la Inception) as to the fate of the character. Plus I could also point out that the story is basically Rocky III crossed with Star Wars with yet another generic race against time tacked onto the end. All of these complaints conspired to make me somewhat disappointed with the film, but I reiterate; this is only by the incredibly high standards that were set by the franchise. By any others, The Dark Rises is an excellent piece of entertainment and deserving of the highest praise as a fitting conclusion to a series that has single handedly raised the bar for the quality of mainstream cinema.
  • January 7, 2014
    Whats there to say its the very best Batman movie to date. 5 stars 10-30-13
  • August 20, 2013
    Well. Bane was lots of fun. Unfortunately I can't give this movie the praise of the other two in the series since they made some cardinal sins against reality. Namely stupid Indiana Jones 4 stuff like driving an armored car off a 20 foot drop and walking out of the back without a... read more scratch.
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    March 2, 2013
    'The Dark Knight Rises' takes a seat at the adults table, while the Marvel franchises sit at the kiddy table. TDKR is dark, captivating, and entertaining to say the least. The action sequences are flawlessly executed, and the acting is in as high a gear as the batmobile. While th... read moreis film is not 'The Dark Knight,' it's still an amazing addition to what quite possibly could be the greatest overall trilogy of all-time. Grade: B+
  • February 13, 2013
    Rarely do I have as many mixed feelings and opinions after having seen The Dark Knight Rises. It felt epic. It was moving. It felt long. It worked well as a book-end to the trilogy. It felt forced.The performances were excellent. Anne Hathaway as Selena the Cat Woman. Joseph Gor... read moredon-Levitt as Blake, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and so on. The last 30 minutes were just fantastic, worth the previous two-plus hour wait. Better than the Batman Begins but fell short of Heath Ledger's Dark Knight (could that movie been as good without him?).Overall I think it suffered from being too grandiose by trying to do too much. The multiple acts didn't click together as they did in The Dark Knight. The suspension of disbelief was less "suspended" than utterly confounded ... how did Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) go from emaciated cripple to muscle-bound butt-kicker in one day?And the finale, while enjoyable, had so many twists and conveniences it would have made my head spin if I wasn't enjoying it so much. To be fair, I think the best way to judge The Dark Knight Rises is as an attempt to close an epic story-line with a focus on continuity between the three films, reinforcing Nolan's conflicting "hopeful nihilism" philosophy. I look forward to watching all three back-to-back to see his vision uninterrupted by tragic events and the passage of time.
  • February 11, 2013
    The Dark Knight Rises is a satisfying conclusion to a fantastic trilogy of films. The film's first act starts out slow and confusing while introducing too many characters, but eventually fleshes out into a compelling and interesting story that ties up all loose ends and leads t... read moreo a satisfying end.
  • January 30, 2013
    Everything comes full circle in "The Dark Knight Rises," a monumental conclusion to Nolan's Batman legend. It's grim, it's sprawling, it's technically astounding; it's also the best in the series.
  • January 10, 2013
    These blockbuster movies tend to be uncharacteristically long but this the Dark Knight trilogy has always been entertaining enough to handle it. That said, there's always the feeling you get after watching it that some parts were messy and surprisingly silly (Bale's low, rough Ba... read moretman voice has always been ridiculous to me).
  • January 6, 2013
    First off, it's not his imagination. Selina is there. Alfred quit before Bruce and Selina even met properly for the first time at all, he just sees her as a theif that stole his necklace, not a hint of romance. And Bruce has no further contact with Alfred after that. So out of al... read morel the people he would imagine Bruce with, no way would he would choose Selina. If he wanted to see Bruce's true happiness in that cafe, he would have pictured Rachel Dawes, who he knew Bruce loved. Second, One thing is nagging me here, a line from Batman Begins.. "The world is too small for a man like Bruce Wayne to disappear', spoken by Ra's Al Ghul. THEN, he was hiding out in a tibetan/asian prison, and he wasn't nearly as famous as he was later in life... just saying, they seemed to have left a lot of plot points and references that suggest a sequel is on the way,? and Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman both said they have a feeling there might be another... there may be hope. The Robin thing was to show you that someone would would continue batman's legacy. Not to tell? you that they are making another movie. It's been stated numerous times that this is the conclusion of the batman trilogy.

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Anthony Lane
July 30, 2012
Anthony Lane, New Yorker

The story is dense, overlong, and studded with references that will make sense only to those intimate with Nolan's previous excursions into Batmanhood. Full Review

Christopher Orr
July 20, 2012
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic

There was an opportunity here for Nolan to show us another way, to (again) stretch the boundaries of what is possible in a superhero film. Instead, alas, the latter half of The Dark Knight Rises retre... Full Review

Peter Rainer
July 20, 2012
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

I'm not arguing that Rises should be Singin' in the Rain. But its Wagnerian ambitions are not matched by its material. It hasn't earned its darkness. Full Review

Bob Mondello
July 19, 2012
Bob Mondello, NPR

The biggest surprise may just be how satisfying Nolan has made his farewell to a Dark Knight trilogy that many fans will wish he'd extend to a 10-part series, at least. Full Review

Tom Charity
July 19, 2012
Tom Charity,

Others will see it differently, but for me this is a disappointingly clunky and bombastic conclusion to a superior series -- Nolan's biggest and worst movie to date. Full Review

Lisa Kennedy
July 19, 2012
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

The director and cowriter/brother Jonathan Nolan pay heed to Wayne's wounded emotional arc. And the film is a feat of painstakingly crafted closure. Full Review

Richard Roeper
July 19, 2012
Richard Roeper, Richard

TDKR completes on the great trilogies in movie history. Full Review

Chris Vognar
July 19, 2012
Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News

Yes, The Dark Knight Rises. And rises. And rises some more. Full Review

Laremy Legel
July 19, 2012
Laremy Legel,

Nolan knows where the good stuff will be mined: big IMAX action scenes juxtaposed with intimate moments of dialogue. Full Review

Joe Williams
July 19, 2012
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Spoiler alert: "The Dark Knight Rises" will earn a billion dollars, be the subject of more master's theses than "Citizen Kane" and win the Academy Award for best picture. Full Review

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    • Bane: Let the games begin!
    • Fox: And yes, Mr. Wayne, it does come in black.
    • Ra's al Ghul: You yourself fought the decadence of Gotham for years with all your strength, all your resources, all your moral authority. And the only victory you achieved was a lie. Now you understand Gotham is beyond saving, and must be allowed to die.
    • Bruce Wayne/Batman: A hero can be anyone, even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat on a young boy's shoulders to let him know that the world hadn't ended.
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    • Bruce Wayne/Batman: A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy's shoulders to let him know that the world hadn't ended.

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