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Review: Controversy aside, ‘Joker’ is all setup, no punchline

With the amount of controversy surrounding it, “Joker” feels more like an idea and less like an actual movie. Could it possibly stand up to the mythology that has sprung up around it, stoked by breathless film-festival hype, pre-emptive misanthropic adoration, gun-control activists demanding action and some foot-in-mouth interviews by writer/director Todd Phillips?

Investigators dig for bomb motive, warn more could be found

Investigators searched coast-to-coast Thursday for the culprit and motives behind the bizarre mail-bomb plot aimed at critics of the president, analyzing the innards of the crude devices to reveal whether they were intended to detonate or simply sow fear two weeks before Election Day.

Robert De Niro bleeped at Tony Awards for Trump F-bomb

With a bleep on live television and double fists raised in the air, Robert De Niro got the theater crowd on its feet at the Tony Awards with a rousing political introduction of his old friend Bruce Springsteen that was focused squarely elsewhere: on President Donald Trump.

Movie review: De Niro cuts loose in ‘The Comedian’

Is Robert De Niro back? Can it be true? It seemed for a long while there that we had lost the beloved tough guy actor forever to demeaning projects like “Dirty Grandpa” and blink-and-you’ll-miss-it boxing movies, but Taylor Hackford’s “The Comedian” shows promise for De Niro fans. It’s a truly lived-in, committed and sincere performance, playing an aging comic, Jackie Burke, who can’t manage to outpace his past starring as Eddie in the ’80s sitcom “Eddie’s Home.”

Lead actors compelling in melodramatic ‘Stone’

Robert De Niro vs. Edward Norton should have been a thrilling clash of the titans: two actors who are famous for their transformational methods, intense performances and decades of challenging roles. Turns out their showdowns are just about the only moments worth watching in “Stone.” The rest is implausible melodrama.

‘Machete’ looks like the real deal

Danny Trejo, the craggy-faced, tough-guy character actor who has appeared in almost 200 movies and TV shows, was in the middle of an autograph session in London in 2007 with director Robert Rodriguez to promote the release of “Grindhouse” when he encountered an unusually devoted fan. “This guy came up to me and lifted his shirt, and he had a huge tattoo of (me as) Machete on his back,” recalls Trejo, who usually plays a villain who gets blown away by the hero.

Movie review: ‘Machete’ seeks sweet revenge

If “Inception” is this summer’s smartest cinematic thrill ride, “Machete” sits at the opposite end of the spectrum. A loud, giddy, carnal blast from one of cinema’s most relentless schlock auteurs, Robert Rodriguez’s latest is best enjoyed with your brain switched off.