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2008-07-18 18:00:28

By Carla Meyer, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 18--To answer your first question: Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker in "The Dark Knight" is something to behold, electrifying and terrifying in its ingenuity. Ledger's scarred, grotesquely painted villain delivers scary moments along with much-needed bits of comic relief via lines that sparkle solely because of his delivery. A posthumous supporting-actor Oscar seems like a given. Now on to the second question: "The Dark Knight,"...

2008-07-18 18:00:28

By John Beifuss Holy promotion! Two Malco theaters are hosting programs of bat- activities Saturday to coincide with the opening of "The Dark Knight." Batman himself (or at least a costumed representative of the hero) will be at the Stage Cinema, 7930 Highway 64, from 6-8:30 p.m. to pose for pictures, for the price of a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Also, a silent auction of Batman items will take place from 6 tonight to 10:30 p.m. Saturday; winners will be contacted...

2008-07-18 18:00:28

By John Beifuss Watching "The Dark Knight" is a stressful, dread-inducing experience. The movie makes a grim joke out of the idea that it was inspired by a series of so-called "comic" books. The only laughter in the film is the halting, psychopathic chuckle of the Joker, and our pleasurable reaction to his histrionic, terroristic glee is tempered by our awareness that we are watching the last complete screen performance of the late Heath Ledger, who spends at least one moment in the film in...

2008-07-18 15:00:36

By Matthew Price, The Oklahoman Jul. 18--NORMAN -- Believe the hype, according to fans attending midnight "The Dark Knight" screenings in Norman and across the metro. "Going to see Batman" was shoe-polished on a truck in the parking lot of the Hollywood 14, and following the film, viewers were glad they had. Filmgoers were awed by director Christopher Nolan's epic vision. "The most adult comic book movie I've ever seen," said Douglas Hurst, 31, of Norman. "It makes you think about what...

2008-07-18 15:00:00

By Manuel Gamiz Jr., The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa. Jul. 18--It definitely was a dark night. Hundreds of fans of the Caped Crusader packed local movie theaters for the midnight show, many waiting over an hour in line to grab one of the few good seats, to catch the most anticipated and critically acclaimed installment in the Batman series, "The Dark Knight." Pre-sale tickets went quickly and extra screens had to be opened for midnight showings at Regal Cinemas in Lower Nazareth...

2008-07-18 15:00:36

By Doug Pullen, El Paso Times, Texas Jul. 18--Holy hyperbole, Batfan, can "The Dark Knight" possibly live up to the, uh, well, hype? Pow! "The haunting and visionary 'Dark Knight' soars on the wings of untamed imagination," gushed Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers. Bam! "This is a rich, complex, visually thrilling piece of pop entertainment," raved Richard Roeper of TV's "Ebert & Roeper,""as strong as any superhero epic we've never seen." Kapow! Associated Press' Christy...

2008-07-18 12:00:51

By Michael Smith, Tulsa World, Okla. Jul. 18--When the buzz is as big as has been the case for the late Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker in "The Dark Knight," with months of intense buildup since his death in January, it seems impossible to meet such expectations. And yet Ledger, 29, has accomplished just that, creating a hideous cinema villain hard-wired into the new world order of terror. The Joker is wild in "The Dark Knight," a demonic clown and a visceral incarnation of...

2008-07-18 12:00:51

By Zoe Elizabeth Buck, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jul. 18--"The Dark Knight," this summer's most anticipated movie, arrived in theaters at 12:01 this morning, sparking a serious case of Bat-mania in the Triangle and nationwide. Thousands flooded theaters across the country to see everyone's favorite eccentric billionaire don a rubber hat and a scalloped cape to fight an evil clown. Many more are expected to see the film in what looks to be a record-breaking opening...

2008-07-18 12:00:51

By Dan Webster, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 18--The man in black is back. And most movie critics, along with theater owners, are glad that he is. We're talking, of course, about Batman as he is portrayed in "The Dark Knight," Christopher Nolan's follow-up to his 2005 film "Batman Begins.""The Dark Knight" opens today on more than 4,300 screens. Of course, the film's biggest draw is Heath Ledger. The actor, who died Jan. 22 of an accidental prescription drug overdose,...

2008-07-18 09:00:47

By Jason Foster The first jolt of action in "The Dark Knight" starts immediately and continues for about 15 minutes. The next 15 minutes is, well, more action. The next 15 minutes is you get the idea. "The Dark Knight," director Christopher Nolan's follow-up to the highly successful franchise reboot "Batman Begins," is a wall-to- wall adrenaline rush, taking only a few brief moments here and there to stop and take a breath. If you liked Nolan's first take on the Batman world, you'll...


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