Violence: On Screen and Off

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Before Friday's massacre in Aurora, Colorado, The Dark Knight Rises was expected to break box office records. That's one reason there was a midnight screening there and at other theaters around the country. The final numbers for the first weekend are just coming out as we record this program, but it appears it scored the third-biggest opening of all time for a 2-D picture, right up there with the first Dark Night and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. After the preview LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan called it "masterful filmmaking by any standard," and said "all you want to do is see it all over again." Now, he says, "If you are deeply involved in the movies, this tragedy feels…like a death in the family."




Warren Olney