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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 18, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Where to see ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Just sent over my review of “The Dark Knight Rises” to my editor; it should be posted online soon. I’ll update with a link. (My editor for this review, I should note, has never seen a Batman movie; for which I teased him mercilessly. He says Superman is better. That’s a discussion for another day, but doesn’t excuse him not knowing that Bruce Wayne is Batman. I knew that when I was 8, and I wasn’t even a boy.) Update: Here’s the review.
In a nutshell: It’s very good. Not perfect — there’s a point, about two thirds of the way through, when Nolan lets things sag — but very well done and very satisfying. I was suprised by how much I enjoyed Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle (she’s not called Catwoman here). And it’s clear from the end that Nolan is done with this franchise (though there’s a hint for a sequel that someone else might pick up), and I can’t wait to see what he’ll do next. “The Prestige” and “Inception” (my favorite Nolan film, with “Memento” right behind — though he hasn’t made a bad film yet) were both post-“Batman” passion projects, for which I’m guessing the studio pretty much gave him free reign, as the franchise had been so profitable. What will be next? Maybe the Howard Hughes biopic he’s had on the shelf for a while? I interviewed Nolan back in 2002, for “Insomnia,” and he told me he was writing a Hughes script (focusing on the eccentric billionaire’s later years) with Jim Carrey attached to star. That project was eventually tabled when Martin Scorsese’s Hughes movie, “The Aviator,” raced ahead of it; I wonder if that’s something Nolan wants to return to. We shall see; I can’t wait.
But of “The Dark Knight Rises,” let me say this: See it in IMAX, and see it, if you possibly can, at the Boeing IMAX Theater at Pacific Science Center, the biggest screen in Seattle. I saw it there yesterday, screening on film, and it was breathtaking. About half the movie was shot in IMAX, and the image expands to the full IMAX size (more of a square than a rectangle) for those sequences; you feel completely immersed in the experience. Go there. Yesterday a Science Center staffer noted that that although most of the “Dark Knight Rises” screenings for opening weekend are sold out; tickets are available for the 6:30 a.m. show on Friday (!!).
Wherever you see “The Dark Knight Rises” this weekend, let me (and us) know what you thought. I’m curious to hear how it will play on a smaller, non-IMAX screen.
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Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle; note the cute kitty ears (they’re really night-vision glasses, flipped up). Photo by Ron Philips; courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures/AP.

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