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'Stranger Things'

'Stranger Things'

Netflix, July 17th
November 1983: a small-town Indiana comics-geek kid vanishes without a trace. The local cops don't have a clue. His working-stiff mom (Winona Ryder) goes looking for answers, except she starts to suspect he's caught up in some sinister government conspiracy involving some deadly adults. (One of them is Matthew Modine.) Stranger Things is an affectionate ode to Eighties geek culture — the missing kid's friends try to solve the mystery, using their walkie-talkies to talk in their shared language of references to Lord of the Rings, Dungeons and Dragons and issue #134 of The Uncanny X-Men. (And the kid's teen brother is a music freak who makes him mix tapes full of Joy Division, Bowie, Television and the Clash.) But the mystery deepens when they meet a weird little girl with a shaved head and some creepy supernatural secrets. It's great to see Ryder in action — between this and last year's Show Me A Hero, she's back in the game. Winona Forever!

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