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Joker 2.0 stars

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Synopsis

If there is a meaningful difference between performing and acting, Joaquin Phoenix surely exemplifies the former here, creepily contorting as the Clown Prince of Crime in Todd Phillips’ timely, toxic take on the Making of a Murdering Madman. (Timely because it seeks to tap into festering resentment on the part of the have-nots, toxic because it has those have-nots rallying behind a guy who shoots three douchebros on the subway. True, they were harassing a woman and assaulting the shooter, but while the audience knows that, the onscreen Army of Clowns does not.) Phoenix begins the film as Arthur Fleck, a sweet soul so pummeled by life that his chest is actually concave, a dutiful son who somehow provides for himself and his addled mother by clowning. He’d like to be a comedian, but as Mom reminds him, “Don’t you have to actually be funny for that?” Still, no harm in fantasizing, and while you’re at it, why not dream up a sympathetic neighbor lady who gets your vibe? (The lady is real enough; the relationship is…questionable.) But reality has a way of stepping in and stomping down on Arthur; Evelyn Waugh’s phrase “a blow upon the bruise” comes to mind as disaster follows discovery follows deception follows disaster… you get the idea. But here’s the funny part: the worse things get for poor Arthur, the straighter he stands, until finally, even his mental condition of laughing mirthlessly in stressful situations drops away. Good thing he stopped taking those meds that were denied him by an unfeeling system! One weirdly unbelievable ending is followed by another, this one not quite as unbelievable, but decidedly more disturbing — a little like the old Aristocrats joke. I endured that for this — ha ha?

Matthew Lickona

Length: 2 hours, 2 minutes

Rated: R

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Showtimes

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AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego. 888-262-4386

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    12:40 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:40 p.m.

AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego. 888-262-4386

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    2:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego. 888-262-4386

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    3:20 p.m., 6:35 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    3:20 p.m., 6:35 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

AMC Otay Ranch

2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista. 888-262-4386

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    2 p.m., 5 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    5 p.m., 8 p.m.

AMC Palm Promenade

770 Dennery Road, Chula Vista. 888-262-4386

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:05 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:05 p.m.

AMC Plaza Bonita

3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City. 888-262-4386

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    2:45 p.m., 5:35 p.m., 8:25 p.m.

AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway. 858-646-9423

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    12:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:35 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    3 p.m., 6:15 p.m.

AMC Temecula 10

27531 Ynez Road, Temecula, CA. 951-699-4970

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    2:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    2:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

Angelika Film Center & Café

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego. 858-207-2606

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    10:25 a.m., 1:20 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    10:25 a.m., 1:20 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    10:25 a.m., 10:20 p.m.

ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego. 858-768-7770

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    10:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 5:40 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    10:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 5:40 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 10:35 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    10:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:10 p.m.

Cinépolis Del Mar

12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar. 858-794-4045

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    12:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    10:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Cinépolis La Costa

6941 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. 760-603-8638

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    10:45 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    10:45 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista. 760-945-7469

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    11:40 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    11:40 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

Edwards Mira Mesa

10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego. 858-635-7716

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    11:50 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 10:25 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    11:50 a.m., 2:55 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 10:25 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    11:25 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 10:25 p.m.

The LOT

7611 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA. 858-777-0069

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    noon, 2:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    noon, 2:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    11:45 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

The LOT: Liberty Station

2620 Truxton Road, San Diego. 619-566-0069

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    10:15 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    10:15 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    10:15 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa. 619-465-3040

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    10:15 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10:25 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    10:15 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10:25 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    10:15 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10:25 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego. 858-274-9994

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    10:55 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    10:55 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    10:55 a.m., 1:40 p.m.

Regal Carlsbad 12

2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. 844-462-7342

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:55 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:25 p.m., 11 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    noon, 3 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

Regal Escondido

350 West Valley Parkway, Escondido. 760-291-0119

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    12:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    12:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    12:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    1:10 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    1:10 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    1:10 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon. 619-401-3456

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    11 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 10:10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    11 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 10:10 p.m.

Regal Rancho del Rey

1025 Tierra del Rey, Chula Vista. 619-216-4707

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    12:35 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    12:35 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    12:35 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

Regal Rancho San Diego

2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon. 619-660-3483

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos. 760-471-3734

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    12:05 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    12:05 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    12:05 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

Santee Drive In

10990 Woodside Avenue North, Santee. 619-448-7447

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12

    10:10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13

    10:10 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14

    10:10 p.m.

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