July 19, 2012 12:00 AM

‘Dark Knight Rises,’ but doesn't soar | 2½ stars

When it comes to superhero movies, the third time is never the charm. From “Superman III” to “X-Men: The Last Stand,” they hit a creative pothole after the second installment. If anyone could change that, it would be Christopher Nolan, whose Batman adaptations have ranked among the best genre films of all time.

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