The Thing

(R) ★★★☆☆

A paleontologist (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) joins a research team in Antarctica that has made a discovery in the annals of UFOs. Which is to say, they’ve found one. Dutch-born, first-time feature director Matthijs van Heijningen remakes John Carpenter’s 1982 cult classic rather well, tightening the screws carefully, doling out gore, flame-throwing and creature features with a deft hand. Winstead is good, and the film’s patience delivers its ickiest, nastiest moments in memorable ways.

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