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PG-13| 2 hr. 32 min.

Plot Summary
With the help of allies Lt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman (Christian Bale) has been able to keep a tight lid on crime in Gotham City. But when a vile young criminal calling himself the Joker (Heath Ledger) suddenly throws the town into chaos, the caped Crusader begins to tread a fine line between heroism and vigilantism.

Cast: Christian Bale , Heath Ledger , Aaron Eckhart , Michael Caine , Maggie Gyllenhaal , Gary Oldman , Morgan Freeman , Monique Gabriela Curnen

Director: Christopher Nolan

Genres: Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Adventure

Distributor: Warner Bros.

The Dark Knight: in Digital Projection (2008)

Release Date: July 18th, 2008|2 hr. 32 min.

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  • No fair giving away the mysteries of The Dark Knight. It's enough to marvel at the way Nolan -- a world-class filmmaker, be it "Memento," "Insomnia" or "The Prestige" -- brings pop escapism whisper-close to enduring art. show more

  • An action blockbuster extravaganza that's sadder than sad and never pretends otherwise. show more

  • When was the last time you saw a blockbuster that was impeccably executed and simultaneously thought-provoking, audacious and unnerving while consistently being fun and entertaining? show more

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  • July 09, 2013 ar00000000154929
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    Christopher Nolan + Batman + Joker = NUFF SAID Check out our review of The Dark Knight free on itunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/critically-acclaimed-publicly/id660700036?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 or on our blog page http://criticallyacclaimedpubliclyreviewed.libsyn.com/webpage

  • September 14, 2012 ng00000000125422
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    Is humanity worth saving? Are we truly good people or are those smiles we wear every day a denial mechanism we use to cope with a universe that remains apathetic regardless of our needs? If given the opportunity, would we remove our hypocritical cheery war paint and tell the universe to stick it were it belongs? Needless to say, this is a superb Hollywood popcorn circus irresistible to most. Tour-de-force dramatic performances by all, and specially by one. A director delivering visuals as one does at the top of their career. A marriage of cinematography and visual effects so perfect that is sure to outlast any tinsel town relationship. But all of these things have been said already by better wordsmiths than myself. What has remained in my thoughts long ******** multiple viewings was the philosophical exploration of good versus evil. The hypocrisy of human existence. We are raised by our parents and society to be good. Religion certainly tells us so, even if it involves killing others, the goal is ultimately to be \"good.\" Hell, on TV, the bad eventually gets it, and the good guy walks away with the blond. We all have to be good... Or do we? Enter the Joker. The catalyst for an experiment in truth... If given the opportunity, if there was no lock with a key, If you could pull the pin on all those people you smile at every day but wish they were three feet under water, would you? No one needs to know. No one needs to care. You know you only do it because someone else is keeping scores on you. That is the beauty of the Joker. He points out perfectly that Evil is not so much the guy with the guns. True Evil is the guy that allows you to reveal yourself exactly as you are with no one keeping tabs. Then, we\'ll see what we are made of. Let\'s keep things in perspective. This is, as I said earlier, the ultimate Hollywood cupcake. Delicious no matter how you bite it. And, as such, it has to leave a good after taste. The Joker is in fact proven wrong. And the beauty of this, if you pay close attention, is that Batman has very little, if anything, to do with this. His main goal is to stop the Joker from carrying on his mad experiments on the human mind, and so he does as the hero that he is. But the Joker\'s tests are answered face forward by the people themselves. It turns out when you open the doors to the asylum the crazy folks are simply normal... At least in Hollywood. I still wonder, though. If this wasn\'t Hollywood, and the Joker was around to give us that switch on that boat, what would you really do? Who are you without that fake smile you put on every day?

  • August 13, 2012 filmlover1994
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    The Dark Knight Is One Of My Favorite Films Of All Time.

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'The Dark Knight' Mistakes: 43 Complaints in Under Four Minutes (VIDEO)

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CinemaSins is at it again. This time, the detail-obsessed movie gurus set their sights on 2008's "The Dark Knight." For the Batman completist, they've pointed out every plot hole, inconsistency,...

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