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Joker strives to capture our cultural moment – but it’s smug and banal at heart

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Critics have acclaimed Joaquin Phoenix’s latest film as a knowing evocation of our times. Perhaps. But it is also unbearably self-satisfied Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is on seven different types of medication. He has a rare condition that causes him to cackle uncontrollably and carries a card that reads “Forgive my laughter”. Fleck dreams of being a successful standup comedian but earns minimum...

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