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VERDICT: There must be a reason Frank Herbert’s sci fi masterwork Dune defies cinematic adaptation, the latest attempt being director Denis Villeneuve’s attentively lensed but humorless actioner aimed at teen fans of the book and Timothée Chalamet.

One of sci fi’s all-time best-sellers, Frank Herbert’s influential 1965 novel Dune and the five
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