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Midnight Movie: Batman Returns 

When: Dec. 27-28 2013
Nothing says the holidays like eggnog, Christmas lights and Michael Keaton trying to stop Danny DeVito from blowing up Gotham City with his army of mind-controlled penguins. OK, maybe that last part doesn’t scream “the holidays” for you, but The Belcourt is playing a midnight showing of 1992’s Batman Returns. Director Tim Burton does a solid job of blending Christmas cheer with the dark, crime-ridden, Art-Deco-inspired Gotham City he created. This sequel offers great performances by Keaton (Batman), DeVito (The Penguin) and Christopher Walken (Max Schreck), but Michelle Pfeiffer’s turn as Catwoman steals the movie. This isn’t part of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, but even with the holiday backdrop, it’s easily darker than any of Nolan’s movies about the Caped Crusader. But don’t get scared away — the ending will teach you an important lesson, appropriate for when you’re spending the holidays with loved ones: Eventually, everyone you love will leave you and you’ll be completely alone, just like Batman. Pass that eggnog!
— Wil Herrmuth


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