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 Dune, PG-13​

Few movies justify the word spectacular as amply as this bladder-challenging 155-minute sci-fi epic set on Arrakis, a more impressive desert world than Luke Skywalker ever saw. Its massive dunes look like Lawrence of Arabia’s, only patrolled by giant, lamprey-like sandworms, with eight-winged dragonfly-like helicopters buzzing overhead. There’s a nice intergenerational vibe between the planet’s steward, Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac), and his son Paul (Timothée Chalamet), ambiguously blessed with supernatural gifts. The fat-as-Jabba-the-Hutt bad guy Baron Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgård, 70) gets an entrance resembling Brando’s in Apocalypse Now. As the ruthless truthsayer Reverend Mother Mohiam, who tests Paul’s mystical mettle, Charlotte Rampling, 75, is icy coolness itself. The brooding tale takes its own sweet time, and you sometimes wish it would cut to the chase and have Paul lead the desert tribe of Stigar (Javier Bardem, 52) against the bad guy, already. But it’s brooding, somber, deliberate as a funeral march, haunting. You wonder if it’ll ever end, then get peeved you can’t see the sequel immediately. —T.A.

Watch it: Dune, in theaters and on HBO Max



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