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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, But Not Quite High Enough

"The Dark Knight Rises" is a half-baked success, a finale whose ambitions ultimately exceed the Nolan brothers' abilities.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • July 20, 2012 9:39 AM
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TEN BAT-TAKES: THE TEN BEST INTERPRETATIONS OF BATMAN

No matter how much Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego have changed over the decades, Batman's various incarnations are all related.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • July 19, 2012 9:38 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: BEAVER'S LODGE: OUR HOSPITALITY (1923)

A guest at a screening of this masterpiece at my home recently literally leaped out of her seat upon seeing the final, transcendentally beautiful stunt executed by Buster Keaton. I've never seen anyone do that except at a horror movie.
  • By Jim Beaver
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  • July 18, 2012 8:55 AM
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POLITICAL ANIMALS: Purple Haze

When we first see former first lady, former presidential candidate, and soon-to-be secretary of state Elaine Barrish Hammond, played by Sigourney Weaver, in "Political Animals," she is onstage giving a concession speech, dressed in a purple disco jumpsuit. “Postpartisan purple,” observes a friend who is an expert on color.
  • By Emily Gordon
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  • July 17, 2012 11:47 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: CRUEL SUMMER: BATMAN (1989)

Tim Burton’s "Batman" was a game-changer for summer blockbusters.
  • By Aaron Aradillas and Richard Seitz
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  • July 17, 2012 8:30 AM
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TRUE BLOOD RECAP 6: HOPELESS

Tonight’s meh "True Blood" was proof double-O positive of the Law of Fives. Seriously, if physicists applied themselves, I trust they’d find the Law of Fives almost as immutable as the Law of Gravity, and not nearly as funny.
  • By Ian Grey
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  • July 16, 2012 8:29 AM
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THE NEWSROOM RECAP 4: I'LL TRY TO FIX YOU

One of the reasons I wish "The Newsroom" spent more time following its characters as they report stories is that there’s a thesis floating through the show about what happens when people apply the methods they use in journalism to their personal lives.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • July 15, 2012 10:55 PM
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BREAKING BAD RECAP 1: LIVE FREE OR DIE

In the months since the explosive Season 4 finale of "Breaking Bad," and Walt's certainly premature declaration of victory, we've had a long time to ponder what exactly he meant by saying, "I won."
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr.
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  • July 15, 2012 10:55 PM
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FALLING SKIES RECAP 5: HOMECOMING

If you're not watching this show yet, now's the time to start.
  • By Deborah Lipp
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  • July 15, 2012 9:55 PM
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GREY MATTERS: Show Stopper: The End of the American Theatrical Moviegoing Experience

At some point, no matter how much you love something, you have to admit it’s ruined beyond repair, that it really is time to let it expire with whatever dignity it has left. That thing, currently, is the American theatrical movie-going experience, may it rest in peace, forever, quickly, soon.
  • By Ian Grey
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  • July 13, 2012 2:12 PM
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