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Read the Post’s review of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ before Christopher Nolan’s film opens Friday

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Christian Bale as Batman in a scene from "The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Ron Phillips) (Ron Phillips/AP)

Bosses, be kind to your employees Friday morning. Parents, let those summer-vacationing teenagers sleep in just a little bit longer. The unbelievable hype generator that is “The Dark Knight Rises,” the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, opens Friday. And with numerous 12:01 a.m. showings and a 165-minute runtime, there are going to be some heavy eyelids come sunrise.

And about that hype, the Post’s Ann Hornaday says the film lives up to it in her rave review:

“Nolan, together with the team he has been working with so profitably since 2005’s “Batman Begins,” has made a completely satisfying movie with “The Dark Knight Rises,” one steeped enough in self-contained mythology to reward hard-core fans while giving less invested viewers a rousing, adroitly executed piece of popcorn entertainment.”

As Hornaday points out, Nolan resisted the urge to release the movie in the wallet-lightening 3-D format, opting instead for higher-resolution, large-format IMAX. And how better to take it all in than on one of the Smithsonian’s six-story screens? The Johnson IMAX Theater at the National Museum of Natural History, the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater at the National Air and Space Museum and the Airbux IMAX Theater at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center are all showing the film three times per day through Aug. 16.

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Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.


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