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Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is the anti-hero we need right now

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When the audience at Venice gives your film an eight-minute standing ovation, it’s safe to say it’s got all the makings of a hit.

Critics and the crowd are raving about Joaquin Phoenix’s outing as the Clown Prince Of Crime in Todd Phillips’s intense drama Joker, inspired by the DC Comics character. IndieWire’s David Ehrlich called it “the boldest reinvention of ‘superhero’ cinema since The Dark Knight; a true original that’s sure to be remembered as one of the most transgressive studio blockbusters of the 21st century”.

Still, others might ask: why should we care about another comic-book movie? In a world saturated in the tales of the........

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