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Dan Carrier’s movie news: It: Chapter Two; The Shiny Shrimps; A Letter From Venezuela

05 September, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

Pennywise the It clown

IT feels like we are living in a (mini) “Golden Age of Horrors”. As the streaming giants invest in great, spooky storytelling, a new generation of feature film-makers are finding fresh ways to shock. This week sees It: Chapter Two released, and the return of the petrifying clown called Pennywise. This time the youngsters up against the nasty funnyman have grown into adults as Stephen King’s story is given a fresh workout. It may not be as soul-crushing as recent films such as Hereditary, but it has earned the right to be a cult classic.

The Shiny Shrimps is a loveable comedy about a group of gay men who play in a water polo team and hope to swim their way to compete in the “Gay Games”. Coached by an Olympic swimmer (Matthias Le Goff) as a punishment for making a homophobic remark, we follow the team through some trials and tribulations. Heartwarming stuff.

• The London Socialist Film Co-Op hosts a screening of A Letter From Venezuela on Sunday, September 8. The film, by Nancy Carolina Graterol, is described as “ a poignant documentary interweaving a personal story of loss and the reality in Venezuela.” It also features a post-film Q&A with the director. At 11am, Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, W1T 5DL.

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