Interstellar’s Other Space-Time Problem: At 169 Minutes, It’s Too Long to Be a Hit

November 18, 2014 10:57 AM

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How many minutes does a movie have to run before potential viewers say, “Screw that, I’ll wait for it on Netflix”? It’s a question Christopher Nolan has been exploring, however inadvertently, for the past few years.

Nolan has not directed a movie under two hours since 2002’s Insomnia. And since then, four of his last five films have brought in more than $200 million at the domestic box office. The Dark Knight Rises, a robust 165 minutes of Bane-breathing, made $448 million in North American theaters. Inception ...

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