(BELATED)MOVIE REVIEWS: Capsule reviews of “The Dark Knight,” and “Stardust.”

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“The Dark Knight” was really, really good. I was very impressed. I’d postponed watching it because I’m a parent and get little free time, and I didn’t want to blow my rare nights out on a silly superhero movie, but grudgingly I went to see it, and damn if it wasn’t amazingly awesome, even if the soundtrack kind of sucks and at least one fight sequence was too damn choppy to follow. But I was very, very impressed, regardless of what John Varley said about it http://www.varley.net/Movies/D%20Movie%20Reviews.htm#The_Dark_Knight It is unquestionably the best superhero flick ever, not that there’s been much competition. Let’s see, there’s this, and “Batman Begins” and everything else has been – to a greater or lesser degree – crap. So I’d strongly recommend watching the one/two punch of Begins and Dark Knight, they’re very good.

I know this isn’t my normal style of review, but, come on, it’s the biggest movie of last year, well on its way to becoming the biggest movie of all time, everyone has already seen it and raved about it, what more do I have to add?

“Stardust” (2007) starring Claire Daines as Gwyneth Paltrow. This was a damn good movie, to my surprise. I had zero interest in seeing it, much like the rest of America apparently (It bombed two years ago) but a friend insisted I watch it, so I checked it out and I’m glad I did. It’s a nice grown-up fairytale kind of thing. Good story, clever, funny as hell, kind of semi-dry/semi-sweet wit to it all, just a charming movie – yes, I actually said ‘charming’ – from start to finish. Surprisingly clean, too, practically no bad language, and all of that suitable for television. Aside from a pretty funny gay subplot, I’d even recommend this as a family film. And as movies about evil witches and fairy princesses and stuff goes, it’s not nearly as ‘chicky’ as it sounds. I strongly recommend checking this one out, particularly if you’re a guy and you want to make points with the wife or girlfriend by choosing a movie ‘you’re pretty sure she’ll like’. I recommend it even though I’ve never been able to satisfactorily rid myself of the feeling that Neil Gaiman is probably evil.

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