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HBO’s Watchmen Wants to Dig into the Heart of American Racism…by Making You Like Cops

The first 15 minutes or so of Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen are some of the most agonising moments of television this year. They squarely focus on the brutalisation of multiple black Americans during the infamous Tulsa race riots in the US state of Oklahoma – a day when mobs of crazed white people descended upon, attacked, and murdered black Oklahomans because they felt empowered to do so. Read More >>

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We Discuss Todd Phillips’ Polarising Joker, a Movie With Little to Say

What do you get when a multi-million dollar corporation decides to capitalise on one of its most popular characters by centring them in a movie that taps into conversations about white domestic terrorism in the United States, incels, and the ways in which folks with mental illnesses are often abandoned by society? You get films like Todd Phillips’ Joker, apparently. Read More >>

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Joker Has Menaced Its Way Into an October Box Office Record

The eminently controversial clown movie (what a thing to say) Joker, directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix, has made its theatrical debut in a month not known for big openings or high budget extravaganzas. With that said, its opening weekend did exceedingly well. Read More >>

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Joker is Powerful, Confused and Provocative, Just Like the Character

If Joker wasn’t called 'Joker' you’d never know it was a DC movie. Though there are characters with the last name 'Wayne' and it takes place in a city called 'Gotham', there’s little else that distinguishes Todd Phillips’ latest film as a comic book movie. It’s a solid, well-made film that, ultimately, has a bit of an identity crisis. Read More >>

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Warner Bros. Thinks a ‘Lot Has Been Said’ About Joker, So It’s Cancelling Premiere Interviews

While the larger conversation around Todd Phillips’ upcoming Joker film continues to intensify as people reflect on how the story’s depiction of a white domestic terrorist fits into the cultural landscape, Warner Bros. is attempting to take back some control of the narrative by barring print and broadcast press access to the red carpet of the Hollywood premiere where interviews were to be conducted. Read More >>

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Gotham’s Next Commissioner Gordon May Be Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright

Matt Reeves’ The Batman found its Caped Crusader several months ago, but now we’ve got another name potentially joining Robert Pattinson in the cast. You can’t have Gotham City without Commissioner Jim Gordon, and Jeffrey Wright certainly has the gravitas needed for the role. Read More >>

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Say Hello to the Very Disposable Stars of The Suicide Squad

After months of rumours and speculation, we finally know who’s back, who isn’t, and who’s arriving for the first time when it comes to the cast of James Gunn’s Suicide Squad sequel. And my god, it’s a hell of a big cast. Read More >>

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It Chapter Two Wants to Make You Laugh in the Face of Death

Taken at face value, It Chapter Two is a strange title for a film because it reads like a declaration. “Hey, look. It chapter two.” You understand that the movie’s a sequel to Andy Muschietti’s It, but the title’s grammatical oddness jumps out when you read it, and it makes you wonder why the studio decided to run with it when “It: Chapter Two” would have worked just fine. Read More >>

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Those Batman Rumours Pissed Off Robert Pattinson – Because He’d Been Gunning for the Part for a While

All the back and forth this summer over just who would actually be replacing Ben Affleck in the Batcowl was enough Hollywood drama to put our heads in a batarang-worthy spin. But for one of the subjects of that back and forth, Robert Pattinson, they were in part frustrating, because he thought he’d lost out on a part he’s been hoping to have for a while. Read More >>

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YouTube Bans Anti-Nazi Documentary From 1938 For Violating Hate Speech Policy

“Inside Nazi Germany” is one of the most important anti-Nazi documentaries in history. First released on January 20, 1938, the 15-minute movie became one of the first explicitly anti-Nazi newsreels to play in U.S. cinemas and provided an early glimpse into the Nazi atrocities that would only become fully known to Americans years later. The film, part of the legendary “March of Time” newsreel series, was even chosen for preservation by the Library of Congress in 1993 because it played such an important part in U.S. history. But YouTube recently deleted my upload of the video because the company says it’s in violation of their hate speech policy. Seriously. Read More >>

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In the New Joker Trailer, a Broken Man Becomes Batman’s Greatest Foe

We’ve already had a few glimpses of Todd Phillips’ take on how a man like the Joker could come to existence, even in the already sordid world of Gotham City. But this latest look dives even further into the haunting downfall of Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck. Read More >>

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Report: Steve Agee Is The Suicide Squad’s King Shark

The Suicide Squad has found its King Shark. Let all the criminals in the sea and on the surface rejoice. Read More >>

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The First Reactions to It Chapter Two Are All Over the Map

The autumn movie season stars on September 6 with the release of highly anticipated horror sequel It Chapter Two. Though that’s still over two weeks away, Warner Bros. has begun screening the film for critics. Screenings mean social media reactions, and while lots of people don’t put faith in that kind of early buzz, we think you’ll be especially interested in this case. Read More >>