Add “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone” to the relatively short list of really good Stephen King adaptations

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garnishing a coming-of-age story with understated hints of the supernatural and thoughtful rumination about cellphones that finds true horror in their ubiquity

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Amid a month of Halloween-tinged offerings, it might be one of the few to share with the kids – at least

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before the next time you punish them by taking their phone away.

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Featuring the co-big name of every other recent King model (“It” star Jaeden Martell) because the teenage protagonist, Craig

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the movie benefits enormously from 87-year-old Donald Sutherland’s work in the title role, playing a reclusive billionaire

who pays the lad to come read to him a few times a week in his sprawling estate.

Set about 15 years in the past, when Craig finally convinces his widowed dad (Joe Tippett) to break down and get him an early iPhone as he starts high school

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this smart “Phone” deserves an enthusiastic reception, with a message that comes through loud and clear.

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