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The Dark Knight Rises

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Third installment of the trilogy from Christopher Nolan releases tonight at 12:01am, I am personally super excited. I'm seeing it at AMC Rockaway 16 at 3:30am IMAX (12:01 sold out too quickly)

Wanted to see who is going to see it tonight/tomorrow; also thoughts of the trilogy ending, I would love to see it go on for more films but without Nolan I can't see the franchise comparing to him or Burton's 2 films.

LONG LIVE BRUCE WAYNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I feel like I'm the only person not seeing this movie right now. Honestly, I don't understand the appeal of midnight showings. You have to get tickets in advance and then wait in line forever to make sure you get a decent seat, the theater is packed, and you get out at like 3 AM. One of my coworkers said he heard people in LA were spending $300 to see the premier. I just don't get it. It's not the Stanley Cup Finals, it's not front row seats to see your favorite band, it's a movie that will be exactly the same whether you spend $300 at midnight or $12 at 5:00 the next day.

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Just got back. Thoroughly enjoyed it, and I'm satisfied with the triology's end, overall. It's probably too early to discuss its intricacies here, though.

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I feel like I'm the only person not seeing this movie right now. Honestly, I don't understand the appeal of midnight showings. You have to get tickets in advance and then wait in line forever to make sure you get a decent seat, the theater is packed, and you get out at like 3 AM. One of my coworkers said he heard people in LA were spending $300 to see the premier. I just don't get it. It's not the Stanley Cup Finals, it's not front row seats to see your favorite band, it's a movie that will be exactly the same whether you spend $300 at midnight or $12 at 5:00 the next day.

Agreed. The whole thing seems like much ado over nothing. All this so you can say you were one of the first people to see it? I mean, I kinda get the excitement, and I've even been part of it myself; I went to a midnight screening of the re-release of one of the original Star Wars movies in 1997, but I was a teenager then. As I get older, it doesn't seem like it's worth the hassle.

Also, I know I'm going to sound like an a$$hole for saying this, but I wonder if the shooting at a Colorado movie theater this morning will do anything to dampen the appeal of these midnight showings.

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Agreed. The whole thing seems like much ado over nothing. All this so you can say you were one of the first people to see it? I mean, I kinda get the excitement, and I've even been part of it myself; I went to a midnight screening of the re-release of one of the original Star Wars movies in 1997, but I was a teenager then. As I get older, it doesn't seem like it's worth the hassle.

Also, I know I'm going to sound like an a$$hole for saying this, but I wonder if the shooting at a Colorado movie theater this morning will do anything to dampen the appeal of these midnight showings.

I agree about the midnight movie theaters. The last movie I saw at midnight was Cloverfield and that was only because I didn't want to hear spoilers about what the creature was. Other then that I refuse to go to midnight movies but all my friends love to go. I think it's stupid.

That Colorado story is scary but even if they don't have a midnight showings anymore, movie theaters at night, especially on weekends are even more packed with people.

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Also, I know I'm going to sound like an a$$hole for saying this, but I wonder if the shooting at a Colorado movie theater this morning will do anything to dampen the appeal of these midnight showings.

Probably

I was thinking that it will also hurt the appeal of this movie itself, but the studio will probably combat that by announcing that some portion of their proceeds will go to the families/charities.

It's not anything sensible. This is just a case of wrong place-wrong time, and it could have been anywhere. But it creeps people out for a while to replicate some of the circumstances of an event like this, so that's why I expect that diminished appeal to happen.

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I'm going to see this probably next week or the week after. The theaters in NYC are jam packed, so I'll wait for the initial buzz to die down. In the meantime, I did a "review retrospective" of each of the six Batman films leading up to this one, so if you'ld like my take on each movie, here you go! Man, I should start posting these reviews here again. It's where I got my start doing them!

Batman

Batman Returns

Batman Forever

Batman and Robin

Batman Begins

The Dark Knight (finishing this tonight)

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I can't even imagine what it would've been like in that theater. I probably wouldn't have believed it. Prayers go out to them.

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On the subject of the actual movie, I'm going to see it tonight, and am SO PUMPED! I'm a huge fan of this trilogy, and am sad to see it end, although it's certainly better than it being watered down by an indefinite amount of sequels.

Everyone I've ever talked to disagrees with me about this, but I have always thought that Batman Begins is a better movie than The Dark Knight (though it is also a great movie). I just felt like Begins had a deeper, more complex plot with more drama and emotion than TDK. Once again, not that TDK was lacking in those areas, just thought Begins was better. Oh, and the actress who played Rachael Dawes in TDK was not very good IMO.

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On the subject of the actual movie, I'm going to see it tonight, and am SO PUMPED! I'm a huge fan of this trilogy, and am sad to see it end, although it's certainly better than it being watered down by an indefinite amount of sequels.

Everyone I've ever talked to disagrees with me about this, but I have always thought that Batman Begins is a better movie than The Dark Knight (though it is also a great movie). I just felt like Begins had a deeper, more complex plot with more drama and emotion than TDK. Once again, not that TDK was lacking in those areas, just thought Begins was better. Oh, and the actress who played Rachael Dawes in TDK was not very good IMO.

My main issue in Batman Begins is how the first third of it feels nothing like a Batman movie. It works to get the taste of the Schumacher disasters out of our mouths and truly reinvent the character, but there something to be said for the jump in tone from the first third to the second. My other gripe with Batman Begins is the villian of Ras Agul is pretty terrible. Like I said in the reviews, Nolan is all about working within a theme but his dedication to that theme sometimes gets in the way of the movie's fun. Agreed, Batman Begins is quite good, 8 out of 10 for me, but I think TDK is bigger and better in pretty much every aspect, including the Rachel Dawes character.

...OK, the difference between Katie Holmes and Maggie Gylenthnal isn't too huge, but Maggie had a slightly better script to work with and better characterization. Edge to TDK in that one.

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My main issue in Batman Begins is how the first third of it feels nothing like a Batman movie. It works to get the taste of the Schumacher disasters out of our mouths and truly reinvent the character, but there something to be said for the jump in tone from the first third to the second. My other gripe with Batman Begins is the villian of Ras Agul is pretty terrible. Like I said in the reviews, Nolan is all about working within a theme but his dedication to that theme sometimes gets in the way of the movie's fun. Agreed, Batman Begins is quite good, 8 out of 10 for me, but I think TDK is bigger and better in pretty much every aspect, including the Rachel Dawes character.

...OK, the difference between Katie Holmes and Maggie Gylenthnal isn't too huge, but Maggie had a slightly better script to work with and better characterization. Edge to TDK in that one.

Like I said, I know I'm in the minority on this subject, and I don't expect to change anyone's opinions. I also understand exactly where you are coming from, in terms of how it doesn't have he feel of a batman movie. That's probably one part that like about it. That being how slow his progression from an angry guy obsessed with revenge to a champion of justice is. In too many superhero movies is the origin story rushed in order to get the action, which is most often the main crowd pleaser, but that's my opinion. I do however, completely disagree on Ra's Al Ghul being a "terrible" villain. He's a good antithesis to Batman in his views on how justice must be carried out, which is what leads to their clashes.

On the Holmes vs. Gyllenhaal thing, it's not a huge difference to me either. It was more-so just a point I threw on the end there, and I may not really be giving her a chance, because it's just a pet peeve of mine when movies change actors in important roles between sequels.

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I'm seeing it at AMC Rockaway 16 at 3:30am IMAX (12:01 sold out too quickly)

You sure that's a real IMAX theater, amigo? I'm pretty sure the only true IMAX theaters in NJ are in Jersey City and Atlantic City.

I think you might have gone to a Lie-Max, my good man...

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You sure that's a real IMAX theater, amigo? I'm pretty sure the only true IMAX theaters in NJ are in Jersey City and Atlantic City.

I think you might have gone to a Lie-Max, my good man...

Still better than a local theater with a 80 inch screen, garbage.

And the true imax theaters are way too far from me

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I still like the mini imax for the sound quality. That's worth the few extra bucks for a movie I'm really into. I go to the faux imax in New Brunswick.

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And the true imax theaters are way too far from me

Well worth the trip, in my opinion.

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Well worth the trip, in my opinion.

Unfortunately I work 7 days a week so it's kind of hard to do. Yet I agree AC imax is incredible, just can't make that trip during the summer, too busy.

Overall I thought the movie was pretty good. Just too long and drawn out, Bane wasn't as much as I expected.

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I saw the movie today and liked it. Yet another siege of gotham, a tired theme at this point. I really liked the ending, it tied everything up nicely.

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I saw this today at the Imax at the liberty science center. Incredible seeing the movie there and well worth the money in my honest opinion. The only other true Imax movie theater in this area is the Lincoln Square Loews 13.

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I had a hard time understanding Bane, at some points. Just couldn't decipher what he was saying.

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I saw this today at the Imax at the liberty science center. Incredible seeing the movie there and well worth the money in my honest opinion.

IMAX is fantastic, far superior to the 3-D craze that's now run rampant in Hollywood.

I heard that select scenes in the next "Star Trek" and "Hunger Games" movies will be filmed with the IMAX camera, so maybe it's picking up some steam.

But I'm glad to see others here have checked out the movie in real IMAX. One of the few worthwhile things about the area I live in (central Pennsylvania) is that we have a genuine IMAX theater in Harrisburg (Whitaker Center for the Performing Arts). Checked out TDKR on opening night, and the IMAX scenes were mind-blowing.

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Hmmm...just may have to see it at Lincoln Center when I finally check it out next week thanks to all the ringing endorsements!

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I came across this Dec. 21, 2011, article with a listing of "Real" IMAX 70mm Movie Theaters across the country. I've been to the one at the Palisades Center in West Nyack, N.Y., and it seemed real enough. But I am far from being an expert on the subject, so take it FWIW.

http://www.slashfilm...-imax-liemax/2/

NJ

Atlantic City Tropicana Casino And Resort (2004)

Jersey City Liberty Science Center (1993)

NY

Garden City Cradle of Aviation Museum (2002)

New York AMC Loews Lincoln Square (1994)

New York American Museum of Natural History (1982)

Syracuse Museum of Science and Technology (1997)

West Nyack IMAX Theatre at Palisades Center (1998)

PA

Harrisburg Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts (1999)

Philadelphia Franklin Institute Science Museum (1990)

Pittsburgh Carnegie Science Center (1991)

Edited by 95Crash

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Loved it but will have to see it again. They even did a pretty good job with Catwoman who is mahbe my least favorite Batman comic book character.

Saw it in Imax, but was too close to one of the sound effect speakers making it very difficult to hear sone of the dialogue, including Bane.

The teaser trailer for Man of Steel is very cool.

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