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'Batman' to Close Film Series at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: April 28, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — "Batman" (1989) will close the 2004-05 film series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire May 12-15. Michael Keaton stars in Tim Burton's darkly entertaining retelling of the DC Comics classic, screening at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

Gotham City is a sunless, ominous haven for criminals, held in the corrupt grip of crime boss Carl Grissom (Jack Palance) and terrorized by a sadistic vandal and murderer known as The Joker (Jack Nicholson). But it isn't long before a dark, mysterious caped crusader, who goes by the name of Batman, is on their trail and trying to thwart their evil doings. Ace photojournalist Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) is also on the trail — she wants to find out who Batman really is.

Imaginative special effects and imposing, Gothic architectural sets dominate Burton's visually graphic, stylish film. Keaton gives a brooding performance as the Caped Crusader and his interestingly understated alter-ego Bruce Wayne. But it is Nicholson's Joker that steals the show, with his unnerving, brilliantly maniacal portrayal.

The 126-minute film is rated PG-13. Admission is $2 for International Film Society and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby.

The film is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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