Unfortunately linked to one of the year's most tragic news stories, director Christopher Nolan's conclusion to his Batman trilogy is as stylistically stunning as expected, with returnee Christian Bale's moody portrayal of Gotham City's main protector getting a boost from Anne Hathaway's presence as Selina Kyle ... alias Catwoman.
The main villain is the masked Bane (Tom Hardy), who isn't on the level of Heath Ledger's truly scary Joker but fills the slot of "antagonist" well enough. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman also are back, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard (who both also worked with Nolan on "Inception") among other newcomers. DVD extra: "making-of" documentary. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)
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