Local movie critic Alice Reese gives The Dark Knight Rises four weeks at the top of the box office. Not a bad prediction for one of the most anticipated movies of the year.
In a summer that's seen The Avengers and The Amazing Spiderman succeed mightily, Reese says this third installment of Christopher Nolan's masterpiece trilogy tops them all.
"It's just another level. It's as if it's kind of a more advanced take on this whole genre where all the characters are developed much more, there's more to them, it's a much darker story," Reese says. "It's almost like literature. It's way beyond comic book."
However, she she stopped short of saying that Bane, the movie's villain, will surpass Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight.
Our weekly conversation with Alice Reese, recorded Thursday for playback Friday mornings, occurred prior to the tragedy in Colorado where a gunman opened fire on viewers during a midnight showing of the film. At least 12 people have been reported killed. NPR has been following developments in the story since first learning of the situation. You can follow that coverage here.
Above, you can also hear Alice's take on this weekend's debut of Neil Young Journeys.