‘Us’ – Jordan Peele’s followup to ‘Get Out’ – is chilling, weird and fresh (Movie review)

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riter-director Jordan Peele’s latest horror offering, “Us” – which hits digital June 4 and disc June 18 — opens on a seemingly endless wall of caged rabbits, a promise of future symbolism. The slow and agonizing zooming out and the screeching music, driven by a chorus from hell, invokes an anxiety I haven’t felt in a long time. I felt this fear in snippets throughout the movie, although the pinnacle of the horror is the beginning. Despite this — and the surprising mixing of genre signals — I thoroughly enjoyed Peele’s followup to the 2017 classic “Get Out.”

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Captivating industrial steampunk world of ‘Mortal Engines’ elevates its predictable plot (Movie review)

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ortal Engines” (2018) is a super-fun adventure that follows Hester (Hera Hilmar), a girl on a quest for revenge upon Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving), head of the London Guild of Historians, against a backdrop of social stratification and xenophobia in the Great Hunting Ground.

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