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The film, based on DC Comics characters, stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker and supplies a possible origin story for the character. Set in 1981, it follows Arthur Fleck, a failed slapstick comedian whose descent into madness and nihilism inspires a violent counter-cultural revolution in opposition to the rich in a decaying Gotham City. Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, and Marc Maron seem in supporting roles.

Sometimes that means you’re zooming throughout the galaxy to a different planet with Thanos, vacationing to a creepy Swedish solstice competition, or barreling down the sidewalk in Manhattan’s Diamond District. In giant blockbusters and smaller films, 2019 offered so many alternatives to get misplaced that I couldn’t stop at a standard high 10 or prime 20 listing. (We even have genre-particular lists for horror, motion, comedy, and science-fiction if the choices below don’t quite scratch the film itch you could have.) These are the 50 finest movies of the year. In a time of scrolling feeds and streaming content, it’s useful to have a spot to go the place the skin world merely stops.

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But the dearth of diversity in the nominees dominated the award ceremony, with Joaquin Phoenix calling out “systemic racism” in the film business.

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