Joker (15)



Drama (2019)
122mins Can/US

Starring: Zazie Beetz, Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy
Director: Todd Phillips
Writer(s): Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Arthur Fleck is a clown by day and an aspiring stand-up comedian by night, who is repeatedly discarded by uncaring denizens of Gotham City. Mentally unstable and disenfranchised, Arthur returns home to care for his ailing mother and fan the flames of romance with a single mother, who lives down the hall. An impromptu act of violence on a subway train propels Arthur into the glare of the media's eye and he sparks a wave of brutality across the city that confirms his worst fears: Gotham is damned.

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Joker (15)

The Joker's wild and plagued with a neurological condition which compels him to burst into fits of maniacal giggling in director Todd Phillips's profoundly disturbing character study. Co-written by Scott Silver, this relentlessly grim portrait of mental illness and societal neglect burrows deep beneath the translucent, bone-stretched skin of Batman's adversary, several years before the Caped Crusader dons a cowl...

Joker. Copyright: 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc./DC Comics. Caption: Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck in Joker, directed by Todd Phillips. Photo: Niko Tavernise. All Rights Reserved.While Christopher Nolan's brooding Dark Knight trilogy underpinned muscular thrills with sustained menace, earning Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar as a schizophrenic clown devoid of empathy, Phillips's deep-dive into the DC Comics universe shrugs off the action-oriented demands of a conventional blockbuster to focus intently on the psychological destruction of its chief antagonist. "Is it just me, or is it get crazier out there?" Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) asks an impassive social worker at the beginning of the film.

Phoenix's ferocious and uncompromising performance gambols through a fug of delusions and horrifying self-realisation that gives birth to an anarchistic revolutionary with nothing to lose. Rubbish bags clutter Gotham's streets on the 10th day of a city-wide collectors' strike as Arthur studiously applies white face make-up and an exaggerated red smile. A gang of wayward youths steal the advertising board he has been hired to twirl in colourful apparel and viciously beat the mentally unstable loner when he chases them down an alley. Arthur returns home, bloodied and bruised, to his ailing mother Penny (Frances Conroy), a former employee of billionaire philanthropist Thomas Wayne (Brett Cullen) who has announced his candidacy for mayor. Penny unintentionally drizzles scorn on her son's dream of performing stand-up - "Don't you have to be funny to be a comedian?" - and Arthur seeks comfort in the nightly broadcast of talk show host Murray Franklin (Robert De Niro), who he fancifully imagines as the doting father he never had. An impromptu act of violence on a subway train propels Arthur into the glare of the media's eye. "Those of us who have made something of our lives will always look at those that haven't, and see nothing but clowns," sneers Thomas Wayne on the campaign trail. As Gotham teeters on the brink of insurrection and a young Bruce Wayne (Dante Pereira-Olson) witnesses the lawlessness first-hand, Arthur becomes a grinning poster boy for the downtrodden, discarded and disenfranchised. Joker is deeply disquieting, capturing the anti-establishment sentiment which has shaken mainstream politic establishments to their foundation.

An emaciated Phoenix electrifies every scene, dragging us kicking and silently screaming to the edge of insanity. Explosions of violence serve the tightly wound narrative and are often graphic, but no more so than the final 15 minutes of Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood. Like the persistent itch you can't quite scratch, Phillips's picture commands forceful, complete attention and continues to pucker the skin with goose bumps long after the end credits roll.

- Jo Planter

Joker. Copyright: 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc./DC Comics. Caption: Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck in Joker, directed by Todd Phillips. Photo: Niko Tavernise. All Rights Reserved.


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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 6th December
To Thursday 12th December

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bracknell, South Hill Park Arts Centre
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bradford, The Light Cinema, Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Coventry, Showcase Cinema De Lux Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cromarty, Screen Machine
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Derby, Showcase Cinema De Lux Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, UCD Cinema
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Kirkwall, New Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy Centre
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds
- Leeds, Odeon Luxe Leeds Thorpe Park
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leicester
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Showcase Cinema De Lux Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Mold, Theatr Clwyd
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Cinema De Lux Nottingham
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Cinema De Lux Peterborough
- Plymouth, Cineworld Plymouth
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Cinema De Lux Reading
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rushden, Cineworld Rushden Lakes
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Cinema De Lux Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Cinema De Lux Teesside
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York
From Friday 13th December
To Thursday 19th December

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Coventry, Showcase Cinema De Lux Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Odeon Luxe Leeds Thorpe Park
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Liverpool, Showcase Cinema De Lux Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Plymouth, Cineworld Plymouth
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Tywyn, Magic Lantern Cinema
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wokingham, Everyman Wokingham
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, Vue York


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