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Sunday Herald Life - - FILM REVIEW - By Da­mon Smith

It (15)

Stephen King’s dis­turb­ing 1986 novel screens as a two-parter di­rected by Andy Muschi­etti. This open­ing salvo fo­cuses on the chil­dren whose lives are scarred by a malev­o­lent pres­ence called Pen­ny­wise (Bill Skars­gard). In sum­mer 1989, seven pre-teen vic­tims of the bullying Bow­ers Gang form the Losers’ Club as a way of try­ing to sur­vive. Their leader Bill Den­brough (Jae­den Lieber­her) – whose younger brother (Jack­son Robert Scott) is killed by Pen­ny­wise – vows re­venge. But Pen­ny­wise knows the chil­dren’s dark­est fears and preys upon their in­se­cu­ri­ties with lip-smack­ing glee.

In­syr­i­ated (15)

Di­rec­tor Philippe Van Leeuw’s claus­tro­pho­bic drama glimpses the con­flict in Syria through the eyes of Oum Yazan (Hiam Ab­bass), who’s try­ing to keep her chil­dren and sev­eral other peo­ple safe in her apart­ment. When one of the group is shot by snipers, Oum Yazan tries to con­ceal this from her guests to avoid panic. Ten­sions es­ca­late and, when two men break into the apart­ment, the mother and her fam­ily face their worst fears.

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