Reel Reviewer Column: Psychotic Pennywise returns

Jason Day previews September’s cinema releases, including the latest chapter to Stephen King’s It, Downtown Abbey’s big-screen adaptation and the fifth instalment of Rambo…

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It Chapter 2 (out on September 6)

Given that the first remake earned around $700m at the international box office, a sequel was inevitable. It’s 27 years after the crimes of psychotic clown-ghoul Pennywise and the now grown-up children have to deal with his return. Jessica Chastain stars.

Downton Abbey (September 13)

The last few series of DA – about the upstairs/downstairs antics in a large stately home – bored us with pedantic period paraphernalia. This big-screen venture sees the cast return in a story about a royal visit to the Abbey.

Midnight Cowboy (September 13)

The British Film Institute are reissuing this classic at selected cinemas. The story concerns the unlikely friendship between a fledgling male escort (Jon Voight) and his down and out pal (Dustin Hoffman).

Ad Astra (September 18)

This science fiction thriller stars Brad Pitt as an astronaut called on to save the world after an event called The Surge causes havoc. His father (Tommy Lee Jones), also an astronaut, mysteriously disappeared during an earlier mission. How are the two linked?

Rambo: Last Blood (September 20)

Sylvester Stallone returns as John Rambo, a US Army veteran saving people in trouble, and who has survived just about every injury a soldier could get, in this fifth entry in the series.

It’ll be interesting to see how Stallone’s age (73) is worked in to convince us this is in any way believable.

Margaret Atwood (Live Cinema Broadcast @ MK Gallery, September 10)

Atwood’s dystopian novel concerns a future USA that, crippled by a fall in births, forces women into sexual servitude to produce children for an elite class.

She has put pen to paper again and her sequel, The Testaments, is out to buy on 10 September. Watch Attwood live by satellite in the MK Gallery’s Sky Room discussing the book with readings by special guests. To book:

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This feature was published in the September 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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