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Director: S Craig Zahler Starring: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson, Udo Kier Running time: 132 mins

Vince Vaughn: Skull Cruncher. Liberator of eyeballs, improvised body disposal expert. That isn’t the full extent of Vaughn’s MO in S Craig Zahler’s unflinchingly violent Brawl in Cell Block 99 but it’s a start.

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Director: Darren Aronofsky Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer Running Time: 121 minutes


Lurching out of a screening of mother! I had the chance to ask someone what they thought to which I was informed: “Eh, I kind of hated it”. It’s as good a line as any to begin on the Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky’s divisive latest, an allegorical horror very loosely about a married couple under siege.Read more…

Director: Andy Muschietti Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff Running Time: 135 minutes


 

Somewhere in the recesses of my memory a spectre of Tim Curry lurks, a cackling lunatic in clown make up who probably contributed to some lost hours of sleep. 27 years on from Tommy Lee Wallace’s TV miniseries, Stephen King’s grizzly, shapeshifting child killer is back, this time played by Bill Skarsgård and ably assisted by special effects a world removed from the 1990 miniseries.

Working from one of King’s most formidable books (1400 pages depending on the edition) this modern update, from Mama director Andy Muschietti, covers the first half of the novel, where a band of American children face off against a shape-shifting demon, predominantly appearing as a gleefully murderous clown named Pennywise.

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