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Film, "The Dark Knight Rises": Batman Just Goes on Forever

"The Dark Knight Rises": Batman Just Goes on Forever

Christopher Nolan's ponderous, pontifical action movies are written less as screenplays than as operator's manuals, guiding an audience through assembling their important themes while scrupulously making sure you don't miss a thing. This is as true of Inception, with its…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Last Chance to See Christopher Nolan's <em>Batman</em> Films in Glorious 35mm

Last Chance to See Christopher Nolan's Batman Films in Glorious 35mm

35mm film is a dying format, and there's not a whole lot that you or I can do other than enjoy it while it's still around to be enjoyed -- and support the theaters that give you a chance to…
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Film, "Inception," an Important Picture, tries to get inside our heads

"Inception," an Important Picture, tries to get inside our heads

Inception is a chilling trip into the psyche ... of writer-director Christopher Nolan, an Anglo-American action director who shattered the Tomatometer of mass consensus with The Dark Knight. His new movie offers more muted colors, gift-wrapped themes, and GQ leading…
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Calendar, Night&Day Robot Wars

Robot Wars

In a weird yet illuminating coincidence, the most ambitious and accomplished sci-fi flick of 2010 opens the very day that the restoration of a 1927 science-fiction classic receives its local premiere in the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Will Christopher…
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Film, Christopher Nolan interview: Can "Inception" director save the summer?

Christopher Nolan interview: Can "Inception" director save the summer?

Christopher Nolan doesn't wear a black cape (though he is partial to a finely tailored dark suit) and, to the best of my knowledge, harbors no secret identities (unless you count his dual British and American passports). But like a…
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News, Feature Our critics name the best films of 2008

Our critics name the best films of 2008

Is it a sign of the apocalypse? Something in the water? Or is it just the way the wind is blowing? Whatever the case, when our often-contentious quintet of film critics put their heads together about the best movies of…
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In the Heat of the Knight

And so another summer movie season comes to an end, not with a bang but a whimper — what else to call four new releases (Babylon A.D., Bangkok Dangerous, College, and Disaster Movie) in the past 10 days that weren't…
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Film, Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

What a brooding pleasure it is to return to Christopher Nolan's Gotham City — if "pleasure" is the right word for a movie that gazes so deeply and sometimes despairingly into the souls of restless men. In The Dark Knight,…
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Music, All Shook Down <em>The Dark Knight</em> Returns with First Six Minutes of Film, Joker Pics

The Dark Knight Returns with First Six Minutes of Film, Joker Pics

After what seemed like an eternity of keeping The Dark Knight on hush, Christopher Nolan recently screened the first six minutes of the Batman Begins sequel to a small group of lucky bastards in New York. What's more, the…
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Film, Welcome to the Grand Illusion

Welcome to the Grand Illusion

If the greatest magicians never reveal their tricks, then Christopher Nolan wouldn't make it past the children's birthday party circuit. It's not that Nolan has anything against the old hocus-pocus, but it's the practical side of magic that appeals to…
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Film, Bat Cave-In

Bat Cave-In

DC Comics has kept its superheroes locked in a fortress of solitude for almost a decade, forcing the likes of Superman and Batman to warm the bench while longtime rival Marvel Comics' Spider-Man and the Hulk and the X-Men and…
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Film, Memental

Memental

The bad news for Memento fans is that Christopher Nolan's Insomnia is far less complex and challenging in form than the backward-edited art-house hit that sparked as much disdain as devotion among moviegoers last year. The good news for Memento…
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