JOKER
2019, Warner Bros., 122 min, USA/Canada, Dir: Todd Phillips

Directed, co-written and produced by Oscar nominee Todd Phillips, JOKER is the filmmaker’s original vision of the infamous DC villain, an origin story infused with, but distinctly outside, the character’s more traditional mythologies. Forever alone in a crowd, Arthur Fleck (an indelible Joaquin Phoenix) wears two masks. One, he paints on for his day job as a clown. The other he can never remove; it’s the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel he’s a part of the world around him, and not the misunderstood man whom life is repeatedly beating down. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty and, ultimately, betrayal, Arthur makes one bad decision after another that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty, allegorical character study. Costarring Robert De Niro.


THE IRISHMAN
2019, Netflix, 209 min, USA, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga of organized crime in postwar America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.


THE KING OF COMEDY
1982, New Regency, 109 min, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Way ahead of the curve in its dissection of celebrity culture, this unsettling film reteams director Martin Scorsese and star Robert De Niro to profile a New York outsider less violent but no less deranged than TAXI DRIVER’s Travis Bickle. Wannabe comedian Rupert Pupkin is so desperate for a chance to perform on a late-night TV show that he kidnaps its host (Jerry Lewis, a revelation here) with the help of a stalker (Sandra Bernhard).


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