It

It

2017, R, 135 min. Directed by Andy Muschietti. Starring Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Bill Skarsgård, Nicholas Hamilton, Jake Sim, Logan Thompson.

REVIEWED By Marc Savlov, Fri., Sept. 8, 2017

What’s that you say? A Stephen King movie adaptation that actually lives, breathes, and renders you insensate from lack of sleep, just as the source material did? Stranger Things have happened. It, based on King’s 1986 bestseller that, at 1,489 pages, currently functions as a bookend for less voluminous King tomes in my library, is adamantly and terrifyingly faithful to the author’s narrative. And yes, Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Skarsgård) is as joltingly nightmarish as fans could have hoped for.

While King’s book was set in the Fifties, the film loses little in its updating to 1989 and indeed employs a cinematically sublime specificity of time and place – A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child is on the local bijou’s marquee – in the seemingly bucolic but small Maine township of Derry. Muschietti (Mama) and screenwriters Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman have managed the translation to the big screen nearly as well as Rob Reiner did with Stand by Me. As in that far more gentle but equally spellbinding novella and film, the protagonists are young kids, the dual themes are loss of innocence and the pleasures and perils of youthful friendships, but It is a white-knuckle horror show blessed with an R rating, by which I mean it doesn’t have to rein in its gory, toothy terrors, like other, lesser, PG-13-rated King films must.

The story follows seven pre-internet teens as they play detective and discover – and then do battle with – the predatory, poisonous Pennywise, who feeds on childhood fears and is the presumable root cause of Derry’s disturbing history of unnatural deaths. Led by melancholy, stutter-afflicted Bill (Lieberher), who has lost his little brother Georgie to the rainswept unknown, the pint-sized posse (self-dubbed the “Losers’ Club”) includes bespectacled wisenheimer Richie (Wolfhard, of Netflix’s Kingsian homage Stranger Things), frail and asthmatic Eddie (Grazer), orphan-by-fire Mike (Jacobs), bar mitzvah-stressed Stanley (Oleff), chubby new kid Ben (Taylor), and lone girl Bev (Lillis), whose home life with her skeevy, leering father is a horror unto itself.

King’s frequent theme of being young, adventurous, and more-or-less unsupervised in small-town Maine runs through many of his best stories, and It captures that same elegiac tone with surprising poignancy. The whole of the Losers’ Club, as well as the older bullies that constantly harass them (chief among them Nicholas Hamilton’s mulleted, knife-wielding Henry Bowers) have the unmistakable ring of authenticity. Riding their battered bicycles through the woods while trash-talking one another as only pre-digital kids could, they’re misfit knights errant on an aberrant quest, not for glory, but for their own safety and sanity.

King’s book was actually two novels in one, with the second half revisiting the adult Losers’ Club 27 years on. A sequel to It is all but assured, and I welcome it with dreadful anticipation.

Showtimes

Sun., Sept. 24

10:30am, 1:15, 4:40, 7:55, 10:20, 11:10

Mon., Sept. 25

11:20am, 3:00, 6:40, 9:00, 11:00

Tue., Sept. 26

3:00, 6:40, 8:00, 9:00, 11:00
AFA 11:45am

Wed., Sept. 27

11:45am, 3:00, 6:20, 9:00, 11:00

Sun., Sept. 24

10:00am, 12:15, 3:50, 7:25, 10:40

Mon., Sept. 25

12:10, 3:15, 6:35, 10:25

Tue., Sept. 26

3:00, 6:30, 10:10
AFA 12:00

Wed., Sept. 27

12:10, 3:15, 6:35, 10:25

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Sun., Sept. 24

10:35am, 12:45, 4:05, 7:35, 10:15, 10:50

Mon., Sept. 25

12:45, 4:00, 7:45, 9:10, 10:10

Tue., Sept. 26

4:00, 7:45, 9:10, 10:40
AFA 12:45

Wed., Sept. 27

12:50, 4:30, 7:30, 10:15, 10:40

Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/village

Tuesday matinee Baby Day shows (first show of the day) are intended for parents and their children younger than 6. Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Sun., Sept. 24

12:00, 3:20, 7:00, 10:15

Mon., Sept. 25

1:00, 4:15, 8:00, 10:30

Tue., Sept. 26

4:15, 8:00, 10:40
AFA 1:00

Wed., Sept. 27

1:00, 4:15, 8:00, 10:35

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Sun., Sept. 24

CC/DVS 12:15, 1:15, 3:45, 4:45, 7:15, 8:15, 10:15
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 12:15, 1:15, 3:45, 4:45, 7:15, 8:15, 10:15

Mon., Sept. 25

CC/DVS 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:15, 7:15, 9:30, 10:00
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:15, 7:15, 9:30, 10:00

Tue., Sept. 26

CC/DVS 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:15, 7:15, 9:30, 10:00
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:15, 7:15, 9:30, 10:00

Wed., Sept. 27

CC/DVS 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:15, 7:15, 9:30, 10:00
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:15, 7:15, 9:30, 10:00

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Sun., Sept. 24

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Mon., Sept. 25

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Tue., Sept. 26

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Wed., Sept. 27

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Thu., Sept. 28

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Sun., Sept. 24

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Mon., Sept. 25

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Tue., Sept. 26

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digital, luxury lounger 11:35am, 1:15, 3:00, 4:30, 6:30, 7:55, 9:45

Wed., Sept. 27

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Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Sun., Sept. 24

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Mon., Sept. 25

digital 12:20, 1:50, 3:40, 5:20, 7:00, 9:00, 10:20

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., Sept. 24

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digital, luxury lounger 10:40am, 11:45am, 12:50, 1:55, 3:00, 4:05, 5:10, 6:15, 7:20, 8:25, 9:30, 10:35

Mon., Sept. 25

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digital, luxury lounger 11:45am, 12:50, 1:55, 3:00, 4:05, 5:10, 6:15, 8:25, 9:30, 10:35

Tue., Sept. 26

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Wed., Sept. 27

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Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Sun., Sept. 24

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Mon., Sept. 25

digital 12:30, 2:00, 4:00, 5:25, 7:30, 9:00

Tue., Sept. 26

digital 12:30, 2:00, 4:00, 5:25, 7:30, 9:00

Wed., Sept. 27

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City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Sun., Sept. 24

1:30, 2:05, 4:30, 5:15, 7:30, 8:15, 10:25

Mon., Sept. 25

1:30, 2:05, 4:30, 5:15, 7:30, 8:15, 10:25

Tue., Sept. 26

1:30, 2:05, 4:30, 5:15, 7:30, 8:15, 10:25

Wed., Sept. 27

1:30, 2:05, 4:30, 5:15, 7:30, 8:15, 10:25

Thu., Sept. 28

1:30, 2:05, 4:30, 5:15, 7:30, 8:15, 10:25

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Sun., Sept. 24

12:30, 4:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:35

Mon., Sept. 25

12:00, 12:30, 3:30, 4:00, 6:45, 7:30, 10:00, 10:35

Tue., Sept. 26

12:00, 12:30, 3:30, 4:00, 6:45, 7:30, 10:00, 10:35

Wed., Sept. 27

12:00, 12:30, 3:30, 4:00, 7:30, 10:10, 10:35

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Sun., Sept. 24

CC 11:15am, 2:45, 6:10, 9:30

Mon., Sept. 25

CC 2:45, 6:10, 9:30

Tue., Sept. 26

CC 2:45, 6:10, 9:30

Wed., Sept. 27

CC 2:45, 6:10, 9:30

Thu., Sept. 28

CC 2:45, 6:10, 9:30

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Sun., Sept. 24

CC/DL/HI 12:00, 12:30, 12:50, 3:30, 4:00, 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:00, 12:30, 12:50, 3:30, 4:00, 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30

Mon., Sept. 25

CC/DL/HI 12:00, 12:30, 12:50, 3:30, 4:00, 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:00, 12:30, 12:50, 3:30, 4:00, 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30

Tue., Sept. 26

CC/DL/HI 12:00, 12:30, 12:50, 3:30, 4:00, 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:00, 12:30, 12:50, 3:30, 4:00, 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30

Wed., Sept. 27

CC/DL/HI 12:00, 12:30, 12:50, 3:30, 4:00, 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:00, 12:30, 12:50, 3:30, 4:00, 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30

Thu., Sept. 28

CC/DL/HI 12:00, 12:30, 12:50, 3:30, 4:00, 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:00, 12:30, 12:50, 3:30, 4:00, 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., Sept. 24

CC/DVS 12:00, 12:30, 3:15, 3:45, 6:30, 7:00, 10:00, 10:30

Mon., Sept. 25

CC/DVS 12:00, 12:30, 3:15, 3:45, 6:30, 7:00, 10:00, 10:30

Tue., Sept. 26

CC/DVS 12:00, 12:30, 3:15, 3:45, 6:30, 7:00, 10:00, 10:30

Wed., Sept. 27

CC/DVS 12:00, 12:30, 3:15, 3:45, 6:30, 7:00, 10:00, 10:30

Thu., Sept. 28

CC/DVS 12:00, 12:30, 3:15, 3:45, 6:30, 7:00, 10:00, 10:30

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Sun., Sept. 24

12:20, 3:30, 6:50, 9:40

Mon., Sept. 25

12:20, 3:30, 6:50

Tue., Sept. 26

12:20, 3:30, 6:50

Wed., Sept. 27

12:20, 3:30, 6:50

Thu., Sept. 28

12:20, 3:30, 6:50

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Sun., Sept. 24

11:20am, 3:00, 6:30, 10:30

Mon., Sept. 25

11:20am, 3:00, 6:30, 10:30

Tue., Sept. 26

11:20am, 3:00, 6:30, 10:30

Wed., Sept. 27

11:25am, 3:00, 6:30, 10:00

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., Sept. 24

CC/DVS 12:00, 12:50, 3:05, 4:00, 6:15, 7:15, 9:30, 10:25

Mon., Sept. 25

CC/DVS 12:00, 12:50, 3:05, 4:00, 6:15, 7:15, 9:30, 10:25

Tue., Sept. 26

CC/DVS 12:00, 12:50, 3:05, 4:00, 6:15, 7:15, 9:30, 10:25

Wed., Sept. 27

CC/DVS 12:00, 12:50, 3:05, 4:00, 6:15, 7:15, 9:30, 10:25

Thu., Sept. 28

CC/DVS 12:00, 12:50, 3:05, 4:00, 6:15, 7:15, 9:30, 10:25

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/austin/

Sun., Sept. 24

12:15, 2:05, 3:40, 5:25, 7:00, 8:45, 10:20, 10:25

Mon., Sept. 25

12:15, 2:05, 3:40, 5:25, 7:00, 8:45, 10:20, 10:25

Tue., Sept. 26

12:15, 2:05, 3:40, 5:25, 7:00, 8:45, 10:20, 10:25

Wed., Sept. 27

12:15, 2:05, 3:40, 5:25, 7:00, 8:45, 9:45, 10:20

Thu., Sept. 28

12:15, 2:05, 3:40, 5:25, 7:00, 10:20

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Sun., Sept. 24

10:40am, 11:10am, 2:00, 2:30, 5:55, 6:20, 9:05, 9:35

Mon., Sept. 25

10:40am, 11:10am, 2:00, 2:30, 5:55, 6:20, 9:05, 9:35

Tue., Sept. 26

10:40am, 11:10am, 2:00, 2:30, 5:55, 6:20, 9:05, 9:35

Wed., Sept. 27

10:40am, 11:10am, 2:00, 2:30, 5:55, 6:20, 9:05, 9:35

Thu., Sept. 28

10:40am, 11:10am, 2:00, 2:30, 5:55, 6:20, 9:05, 9:35

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Sun., Sept. 24

1:45, 3:55, 7:00

Mon., Sept. 25

1:45, 3:55, 7:00

Tue., Sept. 26

1:45, 3:55, 7:00

Wed., Sept. 27

1:45, 3:55, 7:00

Thu., Sept. 28

1:45, 3:55, 7:00

Sun., Sept. 24

12:15, 4:15, 7:30, 10:25, 10:35

Mon., Sept. 25

4:15, 7:30, 10:25, 10:35

Tue., Sept. 26

4:15, 7:30, 10:25, 10:35

Wed., Sept. 27

4:15, 7:30, 10:25, 10:35

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Sun., Sept. 24

12:00, 12:30, 3:30, 4:00, 6:45, 7:30, 10:00, 10:35

Mon., Sept. 25

12:00, 12:30, 3:30, 4:00, 6:45, 7:30, 10:00, 10:35

Tue., Sept. 26

12:00, 12:30, 3:30, 4:00, 6:45, 7:30, 10:00, 10:35

Wed., Sept. 27

12:00, 12:30, 3:30, 4:00, 7:30, 10:10, 10:35

Tinseltown North

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Sun., Sept. 24

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Mon., Sept. 25

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Tue., Sept. 26

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Wed., Sept. 27

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Violet Crown Cinema

434 W. Second, 512/495-9600, www.violetcrowncinema.com

Four-hour parking validation in attached garage with ticket purchase. Reserved seating; bar and cafe on-site.

Sun., Sept. 24

12:00, 1:00, 4:30, 6:00, 10:00

Mon., Sept. 25

12:00, 1:30, 4:30, 6:50, 10:00

Tue., Sept. 26

12:00, 1:30, 4:30, 8:45, 10:00

Wed., Sept. 27

12:00, 1:30, 4:30, 6:50, 10:00

Thu., Sept. 28

12:00, 1:30, 4:30, 6:50, 10:00

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar Blvd, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., Sept. 24

CC/DVS 10:30am, 12:15, 1:30, 3:15, 4:30, 6:15, 7:30, 9:15, 10:00

Mon., Sept. 25

CC/DVS 10:30am, 12:15, 1:30, 3:15, 4:30, 6:15, 7:30, 9:15, 10:00

Tue., Sept. 26

CC/DVS 10:30am, 12:15, 1:30, 3:15, 4:30, 6:15, 7:30, 9:15, 10:00

Wed., Sept. 27

CC/DVS 10:30am, 12:15, 1:30, 3:15, 4:30, 6:15, 7:30, 9:15, 10:00

Thu., Sept. 28

CC/DVS 10:30am, 12:15, 1:30, 3:15, 4:30, 6:15, 7:30, 9:15, 9:50
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It, Andy Muschietti, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Bill Skarsgård, Nicholas Hamilton, Jake Sim, Logan Thompson

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