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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★½

    Phoenix delivers a strong flourish but Philip's directing just can't keep up. Joker's (I have been informed by about a million neckbeards that there is no the) biggest missteps include a truly lousy social commentary along with a myriad ham-fisted movie references. My favourite of these was the multiple endings approach from Return of the King; maybe that's the trick for Oscar gold, who knows...

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★½

    The two and a half stars is for:

    - the soundtrack;
    - the chemistry between the two leads;
    - and the one joke about listening to podcasts by empowered women before a party.