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2008-08-05 06:00:29

By John Brummett Some conservatives say that the over-long, technologically indulgent and story-rich Batman movie, "The Dark Knight," justifies President Bush. Be advised: You probably should not read further if you haven't seen the film and intend to see it. Batman saves the city from a bona fide terrorist. This dude called The Joker, performed so spectacularly by the late Heath Ledger that Ledger surely will become more of a legend than James Dean, is one bona fide evil-doer, an...

2008-08-05 06:00:29

By Bruce Dancis, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Aug. 5--"The Dark Knight" is on a mission of "Titanic" proportions. But does Christopher Nolan's second Batman film, the biggest box office hit of 2008 so far, have a chance of matching the $600 million taken in domestically by James Cameron's 1997 romantic drama? Probably not, conclude movie business experts contacted by The Bee, though they all agree the film's success in just 17 days in theaters is nothing short of phenomenal. "I was...

2008-08-02 15:00:15

By WARD, Nick Nick Ward takes a peek into the darkness at the movies this week. -------------------- The Dark Knight Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger. Directed by Christopher Nolan. M. State Cinema. * * * * 1/2 Three years ago, Batman Begins revived a character who had been condemned to cartoonish excess in a series of awful films in the '80s and '90s. Its success meant a sequel was a given - and The Dark Knight more than lives up to expectations. Bruce Wayne is still a...

2008-07-31 18:00:33

THE grand success of the latest Batman epic will send a powerful message to Hollywood barons. Sophisticated audiences in the 21st century, it appears, will stand in line and pay to see a man dress-up as a bat. The movie has broken records, taking EUR300m in 10 days. Batman's enduring ability to capture the popular imagination is his greatest superpower. He first appeared in issue 27 of Detective Comics in May 1939 - one month after the end of the Spanish Civil War, and in the same...

2008-07-31 06:00:40

By Robert Lipsyte S uperman and I both turned 70 this presidential election year, which I considered a good omen; unlike most superheroes, the Man of Steel is a grown-up. He has a full-time job -- as a journalist yet -- is respectful to women, modest and willing to sacrifice pleasures to save the world. He's no bully. His vulnerability to kryptonite -- like having to overcome prejudices against race or age or gender or sexual orientation -- reminds us of the real world. As someone...

2008-07-29 21:00:16

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THREE RIVERS, Michigan - Three Rivers police have arrested a man who they say tried to steal posters and other items related to the new Batman movie from a cinema lobby while dressed up as the Joker. Detective Mike Mohney said Monday he expects 20-year-old Spencer Taylor to be charged with larceny and malicious destruction of property. Taylor is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 5 in St. Joseph County District Court. There is no telephone listing under his name...

2008-07-29 15:00:48

By JONATHAN RENNIE and JAMES WATT THEY may make us recoil. . . but those big screen baddies keep bringing us back for more. Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia were the goodies, but let's be honest, everyone waits in keen anticipation for the 'dum dum de dum' score to begin and the sound of James Earl Jones' heavy breathing as Darth Vader comes into sight. And really, does Jodie Foster offer the thrills in The Silence of the Lambs or is it Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter? Film...

2008-07-28 18:00:27

By Rodger Mullen, The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. Jul. 28--I was torn. On one hand, the little boy looked so cute in his Batman mask and cape, waiting at the movie theater for a showing of "The Dark Knight." He's the kind of boy who makes you say, "awwww ... " On the other hand -- what was he, about 5 years old? What was a child so young doing at a movie so violent? And he wasn't the only one at the matinee showing I attended on the opening weekend of the blockbuster movie. The...

2008-07-27 15:00:30

By James Vance, Tulsa World, Okla. Jul. 27--It was just a few months shy of 70 years ago that millionaire Bruce Wayne -- acting on his conviction that "criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot" -- first slipped into his pointy-eared mask and crept into the night to exact some two-fisted vengeance on the underworld that had turned him into an orphan. Batman has been with us ever since, slowly developing from his days as the most popular also-ran in comic books up to his present lofty...

2008-07-27 12:00:32

By John Beifuss Scripps Howard News Service Nobody thought to call Adam West's Batman a "Dark Knight." The screen Batman of the 1960s was pop, not noir; the Joker he battled was not an "agent of chaos" but an icon of camp. "People ask me about the new Batman movie, which I haven't seen, but I've seen bits and pieces of it, and the trailer and some of the ads, and my only impression at the moment is that if you like anarchy and nihilism and Gotham City in desperation, you might enjoy...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.