Last Call

January 23, 2009|By Michael Sragow

last call

The Dark Knight : ** I bet, deep down, even comic-book fans were more entertained by Iron Man than The Dark Knight, but the latter became the most fiercely debated movie of the year and the most honored comic-book film of all time, thanks partly to Heath Ledger's ineffably scary Joker. The movie is on DVD and Blu-ray, but audiences who want to see what the fuss was about should take it in on the big screen (preferably, an IMAX) when it returns to theaters today. Even those of us who cooled to it got a tingle or two from the huge, eerie images of the Cowled Crusader stretching out his scalloped cape and swooping through the night.

opening next friday

Che: (IFC Films) In 1956, Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Benicio Del Toro) and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista. With Julia Ormond.

Harvard Beats Yale 29-29: (Kino International) Director Kevin Rafferty tells the story of the social changes of the 1960s through the lens of the famous college matchup.

New In Town : (Lionsgate) Renee Zellweger stars as a Miami businesswoman who must adjust to a new life in a tiny Minnesota town. With Harry Connick Jr.

Taken: (20th Century Fox) A former spy (Liam Neeson) must save his estranged daughter.

The Uninvited : (Paramount/DreamWorks) A girl returns home after a stint in a mental hospital only to find a cruel stepmother, an aloof father and a vengeful ghost. With Emily Browning.

Release dates are subject to change.

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