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Joker

Origin stories of Batman villains don't get any darker than this one. Director Todd Phillips and screenwriter Scott Silver turn the cackling maniac into a warped homage to Travis Bickle, the violent anti-hero in 1976's "Taxi Driver," and a bit of frustrated stand-up comic Rupert Pupkin in 1983's "The King of Comedy." To drive home the point, Robert De Niro, who played both roles, has a cameo as talk show host Murray Franklin, who, Arthur Fleck/Joker (Joaquin Phoenix) regards as a sort of father figure whose approval he craves. It's a familiar and unappealing narrative with no sense of moral uplift.

Watch out for: A vengeance theme, gun and knife violence, some gore, fleeting rough and crude language.

Rated: L, limited adult audiences, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling; MPAA: R

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