Stephen King’s ‘It’ hits the box office

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) It’s the weekend and film critic Tony Toscano has our reviews for movies hitting the box office this weekend.

Home Again

Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her.
Ever been to a movie that not only you were embarrassed to be seen watching but actually embarrassed for everyone in it?

“Home Again” is that movie.
Everything in this film is formulaic and cliché, almost as if the producers were reading a step-by-step manual on how to write a romantic comedy. The film simply has no soul, no comic pacing and no connection with its audience.
“Home Again” is a flat and uninspired piece of drivel not worthy of your attention.
It gets a D and is rated PG-13

IT

In the film, based on the Steven King novel, seven kids are united by their horrifying and strange encounters with an evil clown and the history of brutal murders plaguing their small town.

I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this new cinematic version of Steven King’s “It” with real anticipation. I am a fan of King’s writing and I do know that King does not translate well to the big screen. In fact, I will go out on a limb and say the best adaptation of a King novel to film is “The Shawshank Redemption.”

That being said, the latest adaptation of Steven King’s “It” is not a scary film as much at it just creepy. The main antagonist, ‘Pennywise the Clown,’ isn’t foreboding enough and although the film offers up some moments that will make you jump, it isn’t enough.

Add that to the identity crisis “It” suffers from, as the film seems to not know if its a scary film, a comedy, a coming-of-age story or a kid’s adventure movie, and you have a bit of a diluted mess.

“It” just doesn’t have ‘IT.’

It gets a C and is rated R.

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