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Joker

01/17/2020 - 8:00pm to 01/19/2020 - 8:00pm
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Led by Joaquin Phoenix’s ferocious and likely Oscar-nominated performance, this especially dark, gritty comic book movie is a character drama that’s drawn more toward real-world troubles than to capes and crusading.

Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks — the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he’s part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.

Winner of the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, and a surprise darling of this season’s awards circuit, “Joker” is a chilling character study that may be Phoenix’s most outstanding performance yet. Rated R

Four screenings: Fri. Jan. 17, 7 pm; Sat. Jan. 18, 7 pm; Sun., Jan. 19, 3 & 7 pm Tickets $8