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The Batman (2022)

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Running time: 2h 56min
Directed by Matt Reeves
Written by Matt Reeves, Peter Craig, Bob Kane (created by: Batman)
Starring Robert Pattinson, Zoƫ Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright

How many live action Batman films have been made by now? Not too many, it seems, since they still draw audiences. In The Batman, Twilight star Robert Pattinson gets to put on his emo face as he takes on an even bigger emo, the Riddler, played by Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood (2007)). Despite its problems, the film is decent — until the final third, that is, where it falls off a cliff in quality.

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The Last Emperor (1987)

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Running time: 2h 43min
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
Written by Enzo Ungari (initial screenplay collaboration), Mark Peploe (screenplay), Bernardo Bertolucci (screenplay)
Starring John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O’Toole

The Last Emperor tells the biographical story of the last emperor of China, Puyi (1906-1967) of the Qing dynasty. The film is based on Puyi’s autobiography from 1964, and won 9 Oscars, including Best Picture. While The Last Emperor is undoubtedly a good epic/drama and has some impressive cinematography, I do not think the movie is as great as the 9 Oscars make it sound. The story is quite fascinating, especially since it is based on real history (though obviously dramatized to some extent), but the film does not manage to make the viewer (or at least that was the case for me) care enough about the characters to become engrossed.

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The Big Short (2015)

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Running time: 2h 10min
Directed by Adam McKay
Written by Charles Randolph (screenplay by), Adam McKay (screenplay by), Michael Lewis (based upon the book by)
Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling

When Wall Street, the Murican Mecca of Money, screws up big time and thus attracts more negative attention than usual, Hollywood is often ready to capitalize on the unfortunate events. While the movies about the suits, the banks, the hedge funds, and the coke-fueled parties are primarily entertainment, they also contain social commentary and are more adult-oriented than most of what the mainstream film industry has to offer; Oliver Stone’s aptly titled Wall Street (1987) and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) being some of the best examples. The Big Short does not pale in comparison to these two; it is both quality entertainment and a chilling look into the greed that ru(i)ns everything for short-sighted short-term profit.

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Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One and Part Two (2021)

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Running times: 1h 25min & 1h 27min
Directed by Chris Palmer
Written by Jeph Loeb (based on the graphic novel by), Tim Sale (based on the graphic novel by), Tim Sheridan (screenplay)
Starring Jensen Ackles (voice), Josh Duhamel (voice), Naya Rivera (voice)

Batman: The Long Halloween is an animated entry in the cinematic DC universe, split into two 1.5 h parts. While the first part is actually quite decent, and both films have a nice art style, the second part drags the whole down by being painfully mediocre.