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Director: Kimberly Peirce; Screenwriters: Lawrence D Cohen, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Judy Greer; Running time: 100 mins; Certificate: 15

Though billed as a "reimagining" of the 1976 horror classic, this version by director Kimberley Peirce is surprisingly low on invention. In fact it often feels like she is bowing down to director Brian De Palma - using the same low-angle framing - enough that you may forget the story was originally hatched by Stephen King. The good news is that you can't go too far wrong by copying a proven formula and for a new generation of moviegoers, it will be something different.

Chloë Grace Moretz follows in Sissy Spacek's bloody footsteps, toning down that Kick-Ass 'tude - at least until the finale when she wreaks telekinetic chaos. She is softer and easily more sympathetic than Spacek (who was just weird to look at »


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