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The Dark KnightHeath Ledger gives a bravura performance as the Joker in this handsome piece of work. But it goes from absorption to excruciation within 20 minutes, and then goes on for two hours more. It's scaled to be an urban epic about the deterioration of hope and possibility in Batman's (Christian Bale) hometown, Gotham City, but there isn't a single inspired moment in it. It's all about the responses of citizens, lawmen and criminals to the emergence of the Caped Crusader in Batman Begins. But they and Batman end up vulnerable to the takeover plans of that ultimate wild card. Yes, Ledger detonates a...

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