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Joker (15)

Joaquin Phoenix: electrifying. He plays Arthur, poor and mentally ill. With manic, random laughing fits, clown by day, comic by night, Arthur needs to care for his sick mother, with a billionaire his absent father. Is Joker a condemnation of austerity as it leaves the acutely vulnerable to suffer without the resources they so desperately need – with horrific consequences for the rest of society?

USA 2019 – Directed by Todd Phillips with Robert De Niro, Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz – 122 min

Radical rethinking of the Batman villain Joker… thrillingly uncompromising and hair-raisingly timely – TELEGRAPH