'The Dark Knight Rises' Review: Falls Short of Bat-Legendary

"Merely great" feels like the most backhanded of compliments, but when a filmmaker is coming off a one-two punch of pop masterpieces like "The Dark Knight" and "Inception," expectations get invariably raised for what comes next.

"The Dark Knight Rises," while offering all the thrills and brooding and shadows and angst and adrenaline and grandiloquence that fans of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy will no doubt be expecting from this final entry, comes up short in only one department: the shock of the new.



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