Countdown to 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Reported by: James Eppler
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Updated: 7/16/2012 11:09 am

This will be the longest work week ever. This weekend writer/director Christopher Nolan unleashes what is expected to be the final chapter in his Batman trilogy.

The embargo was lifted at midnight Sunday on critics who have seen the movie. My advice: don't read the reviews. I read two from critics who I trust, and I already know more about the film than I wish I did.

Suffice it to say, it's looking like any fears that Nolan won't finish this thing strong will be put to rest.

As of Monday morning there were still tickets available online to see the film at midnight at both Cinemark Movies 16 and Tinseltown USA.

Even more exciting is the fact there are still seats for "The Dark Knight Marathon" both theaters are hosting. It will feature all three Nolan Batman films back-to-back. "Batman Begins" rolls at 6:15p.m. followed by "The Dark Knight" and rounding out with "The Dark Knight Rises."

Yeah, I know - that's a lot of sitting. But Nolan intended this series to work as one long story with each film serving as a chapter of the over-arching narrative. Wouldn't it be cool to see the vision in its entirety?

Tickets for the marathon are $25 unless you opt for the XD screen at Movies 16, which is $30. Consider that Nolan shot several scenes for "Dark Knight" to be shown on IMAX screens the size of the XD. In "Dark Knight Rises," there's more than an hour of IMAX footage.

So that extra five bucks would be well spent.

I'll be there. Will you?

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