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Christopher Nolan bookended Batman with two very different thrillers, Insomnia and The Prestige

Al Pacino in Insomnia (left); Hugh Jackman in The Prestige (right)
Al Pacino in Insomnia (left); Hugh Jackman in The Prestige (right)
Screenshot: Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures

Last week on Film Club, critics A.A. Dowd and Katie Rife discussed Christopher Nolan’s massively popular Dark Knight trilogy. This week, in the third part of our month-long series on Nolan’s filmography, they’re pulling a Memento and dicing up the timeline to discuss the movies the director made directly before and directly after his first trip to Gotham. It’s two smaller-scale thriller adaptations for the price of one: Insomnia, Nolan’s work-for-hire remake of a Norwegian detective thriller, and The Prestige, his twisty take on the Christopher Priest novel about dueling 19th-century magicians.

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