You can’t move for Stephen King adaptations this year: see also The Dark Tower, TV’s The Mist and Mr Mercedes, and Netflix film Gerard’s Game. Top of the bone pile, though, is this nostalgic throwback to 80s terror, which has floated in on a tide of petrified praise. IT looks set to be the horror movie to beat at the 2017 box office, and provides the perfect primer for Stranger Things season two in October.
WIND RIVER ★★★
Sicario and Hell or High Water screenwriter Taylor Sheridan makes his directorial debut with this chilly and engaging thriller. Reuniting Avengers co-stars Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner, it tells the story of a murder on Native-American soil and the pair’s hunt for the one responsible. The film’s mix of politics and pulp is captivating if talky, making this a solid first film from Sheridan.
GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS ★★★
The Stifmeister returns! Well, sort of. Seann William Scott’s first Goon – a bloody-mugged ice hockey comedy – became a bad-taste cult favourite in 2011, and this follow-up is no different. With Jay Baruchel directing, it sees Scott’s brawler contemplating his life after he’s benched for the season, which provides plenty of opportunity for more crass gags and gory bust-ups.