Reel Reviewer Column: Joker is no laughing matter

Jason Day previews October’s cinema releases, including a Judy Garland biopic, The Shining sequel and a psychological masterpiece with Joaquin Pheonix as The Joker.

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Roger Waters: Us + Them (out on October 2)

Chronicle of the Pink Floyd bassist’s concert tour, a stunning music and visual arts ‘protest’ about social ills.

Joker (October 4)

Movie chatter says Joaquin Phoenix is an Oscar cert for his incredible performance as the tortured Arthur Fleck who becomes the terrifying, laughing villain The Joker.

Judy (October 4)

Judy Garland was allegedly trapped in a dressing room by a crazed fan admonishing her to “never forget the rainbow.” Broken and tired, she snapped: “Rainbows? Honey, I’ve got rainbows coming out of my ass!” Renee Zelwegger plays Garland, no easy thing because her voice is difficult to match.

Abominable (October 11)

Second movie this year about the Yeti following the passable Smallfoot. This looks better thanks to soaring, magical Dreamworks animation.

Gemini Man (October 11)

Will Smith is an ageing hitman cloned years ago by Clive Owen. Now, he’s pitted against his younger self in this blockbuster.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (October 18)

Angelina Jolie scored a hit in 2014 as a witch/fairy. Here, she and grown-up goddaughter Elle Fanning clash as the teenager falls in love, stoked by duplicitous Queen Michelle Pfeiffer.

Singin’ in the Rain (October 18)

Classic musical set during a time of tumultuous change in Hollywood – the switch from silent to sound cinema. Gene Kelly plays a star who falls in love with voice artist Debbie Reynolds.

Zombieland: Double Tap (October 18)

Returning for more wise-cracking ‘walking dead’ slaying exploits are Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin with Rosario Dawson and Luke Wilson.

Doctor Sleep (October 31)

Mike Flanagan is brave to remake The Shining but with chilling performances and nods toward the first film, he might not have bitten off more than he can chew.

Downton Abbey (Oct 18 & 20 screenings at MK Gallery)

King George V and Queen Mary are visiting Downton, turning the lives of everyone at the titular house upside down. To book: bit.ly/MKGalleryFilm

This feature was published in the October 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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