Editors' pick

Batman Begins

Batman Begins movie poster
MPAA rating: PG-13
Genre: Action/Adventure
Christian Bale becomes the Caped Crusader in this dark look at the origins of the Batman legend, directed by "Memento's" Christopher Nolan. Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Katie Holmes co-star.
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Tom Wilkinson, Gary Oldman, Ken Watanabe, Rutger Hauer, Sara Stewart, Barry Dowden
Director: Christopher Nolan
Running time: 1:21
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Editorial Review

Director Christopher Nolan, who gave us the backward classic "Memento," and his co-writer David S. Goyer (the "Blade" creator) have taken the bubble gum out of those previous "Batman" movies and returned to the dark spirit of comic book creator Bob Kane's work. This prequel about the early days, is slow-moving in many respects, but it's more narratively entrancing than the Michael Keaton-type flicks. Christian Bale makes a credible Bruce Wayne. It's fun to watch how this Wayne creates Batman from scratch. Contains intense action violence and some disturbing images .

-- Desson Thomson