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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/20/2012

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ tops this week’s new movies

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action thriller “The Dark Knight Rises.” (Ron Phillips)
According to the Post critics, “The Dark Knight” dominates this week’s new movie releases. But there’s still a Neil Young film, an Indian drama and a documentary about Chinese boxing to check out. Here’s what the critics had to say:

The Dark Knight Rises”(PG-13) “‘The Dark Knight Rises’ ends on a self-important note (not just quoting Dickens but erecting an actual monument, no less) that would be insufferable if [Christopher] Nolan and [Christian] Bale hadn’t so clearly earned it. In addition to giving fans their fair share of entertainment value, they helped make comic-book movies safe for good actors, resulting not in great talent slumming but elevating the form.” — Ann Hornaday

Trishna” (R) “‘Trishna’ begins to feel unaccountably inert, its tragic denouement rote instead of wrenching. One of the film’s biggest liabilities is Pinto, who first came to international attention in the 2008 hit ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’ Undeniably lovely, Pinto doesn’t possess the expressive range or depth to tackle a role that calls for both (her acting chops proved just as shaky in 2010’s ‘Miral’).” — Ann Hornaday

Neil Young Journeys” (PG) “Let’s get this out of the way upfront — ’Neil Young Journeys’ is pretty pointless. That’s not the same as pretty awful. Far from it. It’s a Neil Young concert film, and watching a performance by one of rock music’s all-time greats is almost certainly more fulfilling than whatever you’ve got lined up for the next 90 minutes. (No offense.)” — David Malitz

Unforgivable” (Unrated) “In the watchable, well-acted ‘Unforgivable,’ it’s hard to know which of the drama’s several main characters its ambiguous title applies to, or for exactly what conduct. Aside from the callous -- and, quite frankly, shocking -- killing of a dog by a minor character late in the film, there’s no action for which a drop of mercy cannot be found, though bad behavior abounds.” — Michael O’Sullivan

China Heavyweight” (Unrated) “The documentary is fluid, detailed and well photographed by Sun Shaoguang. There’s no narration, but the subjects reveal much with their choice of clothing: T-shirts and jackets emblazoned with such names as Nike, Celtics and Manchester United. Boxing, it seems, is a way for Chinese youth to be Western. Which may be why ‘China Heavyweight’ ultimately focuses more on the universal theme of athletic ambition than on the specific challenge of punching a path out of a Chinese backwater.” — Mark Jenkins

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