Six years ago, Lupita Nyong’o won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress with her work in “12 Years a Slave,” and now her amazing acting skills can be seen in the newly released thriller “Us” at rental outlets this week.
Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide (Nyong’o) feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family, according to the film’s production company. Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home after spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers who are portrayed by Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale and “Girl, Interrupted”), Tim Heidecker (“The Comedy” and Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories”), Cali Sheldon (“Rougarou” and “Novel Romance”) and Noelle Sheldon (“Rougarou” and “Novel Romance”). When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. “Us” pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.
Top Critic Peter Rainer with “Christian Science Monitor” said, “ambition in the horror genre can be a good thing, but the overreach in this movie detracts from both the horror and the ambition. Having said that, Peele shows a marked advance in filmmaking skills here and, in her dual role, Nyong’o is ferociously good.”
Top Critic Katie Walsh with the “Tribune News Service” added that “it wouldn’t be as truly terrifying as it is without the jaw-dropping performance from his leading lady, Nyong’o, and with this collaboration they have created another whip-smart modern horror classic.”
On the Rotten Tomatoes website, the critic rating for the film is “certified fresh” with a 94 percent rating, while the audience score is 64 percent.
Directed by Jordan Peele, this film is rated R for violence/terror and language.
Other films released to rental outlets this week include:
n “Wonder Park,” directed by Dylan Brown and staring Sofia Mali, Jennifer Garner, Kenan Thompson and Ken Jeong. A 12-year-old girl stumbles upon the fantastical amusement park filled with talking animals that she envisioned as a child after her mother’s death. With the help of her newfound friends, she attempts to stop a horde of Chimpanzombies from destroying it.
This film is rated PG for thematic elements.
n “Beach Bum,” directed by Harmony Korine and staring Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Jimmy Buffett, Zac Efron and Martin Lawrence. A stoner poet named Moondog is a beloved local icon in the Florida Keys where his days are filled with drugs and debauchery paid for by his rich wife. Moondog’s free and easy lifestyle gets him in trouble with the law and with a rehab center as well as with his literary agent and his daughter on her wedding day.
This film is rated R for drug use/content, language, nudity and sexual situations.
They synopsis for these films are taken from the Rotten Tomatoes and Redbox websites.