‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Review: Does Batman Go Out with a Bang?

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ALTFour years after The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan’s triumphant installment of the Batman franchise many consider the pinnacle of comic book filmmaking, the director returns with the final note of his superhero trilogy: The Dark Knight Rises.

TDKR is easily one of the biggest event films of the year, returning with an all-star cast from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight that includes Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Gary Oldman. And there are some new (but familiar) faces to boot: Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard — Hollywood’s best and brightest join forces under the cinematic prowess of Nolan to dabble in action filmmaking at its grandest.

So with expectations high and the potential for spectacular entertainment even higher, did The Dark Knight Rises meet expectations? Was it the perfect swan song to Nolan’s time in the Batman universe? Check out our review and find out!

Read Hollywood.com’s Review of The Dark Knight Rises!

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After a few years of working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows (and earning an IMDb page for bragging rights), Movies Editor Matt Patches made a hard right into the world of entertainment journalism. In 2009, Patches became the Associate Movies Editor of UGO.com, departing in 2010 to go rogue as a writer-for-hire. Patches covered movies and festivals for a number of outlets, including Movieline, MTV NextMovie, CinemaBlend, and Film School Rejects, before joining Hollywood.com as Movies Editor in 2011. He proudly names "Groundhog Day" as his favorite movie of all time.

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