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Sometimes, second cinematic takes can be superb – and more 'original' than any number of standalone films

Of all the pantomime villains that stalk the movies, few are as loathed as the remake. The endless reheating of leftovers has come to symbolise everything rotten about Hollywood, a staple feature in trotted-out arguments that modern filmgoers have never had it so bad. But for all the odium hurled their way, they just keep coming: Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is about to be released and we're to be offered new spins on Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Lately, the very term remake has become so toxic that filmmakers are reaching for less unloved R words – reinterpretation, re-boot or (be still my delicate guts) reimagining. Others are quick to point out their movies aren't really remakes at all, but sequels or prequels to old »

- Danny Leigh

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