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The Dark Knight Rises; Beasts of the Southern Wild; Hope Springs
 

The Dark Knight Rises
(Warner Bros., $29)
The final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy was “a hugely ambitious mix of eye candy and brain food,” said the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. When the super-villain Bane stirs class revolt in Gotham, our masked hero wins because he has the better weapons, “not the best argument.”

Beasts of the Southern Wild
(20th Century Fox, $30)
Six-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis “radiates an amazing gravity and poise” in this “strikingly original” movie, said Entertainment Weekly. Set in a “dirt-poor” community in the Louisiana Delta, the film uses touches of magical realism to tell the story of an offbeat family getting by.

Hope Springs
(Sony, $31)
Tommy Lee Jones stars opposite Meryl Streep in this surprisingly mature comedy about a couple’s attempt to reconnect, said The Washington Post. Despite “a too-pat third act,” the film remains remarkable for portraying sex as simply an expression of intimacy between two imperfect people.

 

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