IT (MA15+) Play­ing the clown while prey­ing the town, US, 133 min

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This spooky new adap­ta­tion of the old Stephen King book is sure to force a global spike in out­breaks of coul­ro­pho­bia. That’s the fear of clowns, in case you didn’t know. How­ever, once you get to know It’s big-shoed, red-nosed pro­tag­o­nist, Pen­ny­wise (played by Bill Skars­gard), there’s ev­ery chance you’ll be a coul­ro­pho­bic for life. Pen­ny­wise is a Freddy Krueger of the fair­grounds who spends the sum­mer in the same small town ev­ery 27 years. Any child cross­ing paths with this creepy freak scores a one-way ticket to the miss­ing per­sons list. While scary enough to have you avoid­ing cir­cuses, street pa­rades and birth­day par­ties forever­more, It is also a very well-made, well-acted movie that can eas­ily claim a place as one of the year’s best. Not just for its un­set­tling col­lec­tion of eerie, van­ished-kid shocks to the sys­tem. But also for some ac­ces­si­bly il­lu­mi­nat­ing and in­volv­ing sto­ry­telling, which of­ten re­calls an en­tire sea­son of the Net­flix clas­sic Stranger Things ad­min­is­tered in one pow­er­ful two-hour dose.

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