Doctor Sleep

Director: Mike Flanagan
Year Released: 2019
Rating: 1.5

Decades after the dark events that took place at the Overlook Hotel, Jack Torrance's son Danny (Ewan McGregor) is an alcoholic (like Dad) who flees to New Hampshire to sober up, but while there he gets communicated with telepathically by a little girl named Abra (Kyliegh Curran) who is in danger from a cult (led by Rebecca Ferguson) that, against FDA warnings, vapes the "shine" (read: "soul") out of peoples' mouths.  It sounds easy to say it but there's no way this material warrants a 2½ hour (3 for the "Director's Cut') running time, especially the way Flanagan dryly lays it out: scenes stretch on past the point of being even somewhat interesting, it isn't scary (unless saggy lady boobs frighten you), the message about residual childhood trauma affecting adulthood (also present in It) isn't exactly new and Flanagan trying to ape Kubrick was a bad idea from the beginning.  The cast isn't to blame - in fact, I quite like Ferguson as a demonic hippie Earth Mother.