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