Catch up with the last seven days in the world of film
The Big StoryNo sooner has The Amazing Spider-Man ventured out into the world, whooping and shooting webs from its wrists, than the next big superhero blockbuster rears its head on the horizon.
Unless you've been living in a hole in the ground for the last 2 years, you'll have probably heard of The Dark Knight Rises, the third and last Batman flick from jolly nice British chap Christopher Nolan.
The first screening of the flick – to a highly select audience of bloggers and fans and – astonishing I know – they all seemed to like it.
Didn't see that coming at all.
Be that as it may, the flick appears destined to become a massive hit but beyond the tidal wave of hype, questions are being asked about whether this is a glorious last stand for the "gloomy" superhero movie: is Nolan, dare we say it, a tad behind the times compared to The Avengers and its ilk?
In his Week in Geek blog, Ben Child pondered suggestions that Joseph Gordon Levitt's character Blake may be being primed to step into the Caped Crusader's shoes – where, exactly, can Batman go now? Wherever it is, it'll be without Nolan.
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Ernest Borgnine dies aged 95
Fifty Shades of Grey flick ties up Social Network team
UK censors ask focus groups to watch sexually violent films
Channing Tatum makes a leap for Evel Knievel biopic
Russell Crowe sinks his teeth into Count Dracula
Police issue warning over horror flick extras scam
Hunger Games finale Mockingjay to be released in two parts
On the blogWhy we are happy to be caught in a web of flick remakes
Magic Mike turned me gay!
What are the funniest flicks you've seen?
The Amazing Spider-Man: how much sticking power does it have?
Who would you cast in Bible: The Movie?
Clip joint: songs that haunt characters
Cine-files: Cornerhouse, Manchester
Watch and listenThe Guardian Film Show – Xan Brooks and Peter Bradshaw review the latest big releases
Ping Pong: watch the table tennis documentary on demand
Has Robocop remake malfunctioned by rebuilding ED-209?
Rise of the Guardians trailer: too soft for superheroes?
Further readingHow we made: Hugh Hudson and Nicholas Farrell on Chariots of Fire
Adrien Brody: The quiet American
Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World: the apocalypse with laughs
Tony Kaye: 'I hope I'm having a moment now'
Benicio del Toro's rum take on Cuba
Bobcat Goldthwait: 'I'm not going to make a flick with Justin Bieber'
In the paperThe Guide goes behind the scenes on behind the scenes on The Dark Knight Rises, and there's a look at Revenge of the Electric Car, the follow up to 2006 documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?
Sunday's Observer New Review features an interview with mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller Rodriguez, subject of the forthcoming documentary Searching For Sugar Man.
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