Doctor Sleep (****1/2) is shining bright

"If you think you might like this film, you will. It's what a second movie should be: pushing the story forward without treading over the same old ground. Even if it ends in the same place."

In the Tall Grass (***1/2) we all live on

Patrick Wilson is unheralded for his ability to move back and forth between solid good guy and sinister creep from role to role. I don't think I have ever seen an actor able to give off the best and worst vibes at will.

IT Chapter 2 (****): Just can’t finish

"IT is one of the highest points of horror cinema in this decade. If the second chapter doesn't reach classic status, there will be very few complaints. This is a combination of films that will be watched when kids the age of the Losers have overnight sleepovers for generations to come."

Pet Sematary, then (**) and now (**1/2) when there’s no hope…

"It's a rough haul either way, but the newer story has a bit more acting in it overall, even if it's not quite enough to recommend."

Another look at The Shining (****): The Old Folks Call It Cabin Fever

The Shining - 1980 Director Stanley KubrickScreenplay Kubrick, Diane Johnson based on the novel by Stephen KingStarring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, Danny Lloyd, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone, Joe Turkel So much has been written about Kubrick. His relatively sparse directing career is peppered with a higher than usual percentage of films most critics would dub as classics. … Continue reading Another look at The Shining (****): The Old Folks Call It Cabin Fever

Gerald’s Game (****): We deserve the sunlight

Flanagan has a vision that many of us may not see at first. He carried the hardcover version of this book around with him for years while pitching films. Most didn't see a movie in it. He saw more than a movie. He saw something about how some of us spend our lives in the shadow of the sun. It's an essential vision of the mask we sometimes put on our past.

IT (*****) is a triumph of skill and understanding

This should be on everyone's list of top films, even in this banner year for movies. IT is a triumph of skill and understanding what it is to move human beings.

The Dark Tower (***) deserves more…

If nothing else, think of it as an addition to everything you know about the other adaptations, with a hope that they make more to flesh it all out a little. What I saw so far worked for me as a mild form of entertainment. It would be much better if it is followed up with more. And much sadder if they don't.