The themes are universal and familiar cinematic fare: family and children, hope and love, loyalty and betrayal. Their presentation is anything but routine in director Christopher Nolan's intense "Interstellar," written by Christopher and brother Jonathan. Given half a chance, their two hour 49 minute audiovisual extravaganza delivers an exhilarating and exhausting science-fiction trip through space and time.
Sometimes a franchise runs too long, becoming repetitive and joyless. That’s the feeling I had sitting through the nearly three hours of The Dark Knight essay writer Rises in which even the villain seemed depressed and, truth be told, only mildly interested in his goal to explode a nuclear device in New York.