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The Dark Knight Rises

Although Batman (Christian Bale) appeared anything but a hero at the end of his last movie, The Dark Knight, the caped crusader returns when Gotham faces a villain named Banes (Tom Hardy). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B-
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: B
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 165
Theater Release: 20 Jul 2012
Video Release: 24 Sep 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Batman continuously puts his life on the line for the people in his city. Is Gotham worth saving? Are the citizens or the authorities appreciative of his efforts? Are there good souls amongst the populace? If it were you, would you keep trying?

Which of the other characters in the script rise to higher ideals? What are their motives? Why do the base people act the way they do? Are their actions justified?

Banes uses some unusual tolls to reach his objectives. How does he turn hope into a form of torture? How does his version of freedom for the people cause anarchy?

To learn more about the history of the cartoon character Batman, check here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman

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