Originality is a rare commodity in Hollywood, but Oscar-winning writer/director Jordan Peele demonstrates more than his fair share in his new horror film, “Us.” Multiple social allegories are explored in the story of a family of four that is terrorized by a murderous quartet that looks exactly like them. Lupita Nyong’o gives a stunning dual performance as the mom and her evil doppelganger. Prepare to be creeped out and intrigued at the same time.

 

Julianne Moore has given some top-notch performance and her turn in the comic drama “Gloria Bell” is no exception. A remake of an acclaimed Chilean film, “Gloria Bell” tells the story of a divorcée taking a second chance on romance. This very adult movie provides a realistic, almost melancholy look at the emotional struggles of women of a certain age. It doesn’t all work, but Moore creates a memorable portrait of quiet resilience.

 

I’m not sure what the title “Dragged Across Concrete” means, but I felt like I had been after watching this grueling and gritty three-hour crime drama. Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn play cops disciplined for employing rough tactics. While on suspension, the opportunity to steal gold from crooks becomes too tempting to resist. There are some disturbing social undertones in this violent movie that border on racism. You may be rooting for criminal Tory Kittles in the end, but mostly for the movie to end.

 

“Out of Blue” plays like it could have been an early David Lynch movie. Patricia Clarkson plays a New Orleans homicide detective whose life becomes metaphysically entangled with that of a murder victim, a young astrophysicist. It’s a smart and ambitious neo-noir thriller, but weird and unwieldly.

 

Also opening this week, “The Wedding Guest” is an action thriller about a kidnapping set in Pakistan and India. Dev Patel stars.

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Originality is a rare commodity in Hollywood, but Oscar-winning writer/director Jordan Peele demonstrates more than his fair share in his new horror film, “Us.” Multiple social allegories are explored in the story of a family of four that is terrorized by a murderous quartet that looks exactly like them. Lupita Nyong’o gives a stunning dual performance as the mom and her evil doppelganger. Prepare to be creeped out and intrigued at the same time.

 

Julianne Moore has given some top-notch performance and her turn in the comic drama “Gloria Bell” is no exception. A remake of an acclaimed Chilean film, “Gloria Bell” tells the story of a divorcée taking a second chance on romance. This very adult movie provides a realistic, almost melancholy look at the emotional struggles of women of a certain age. It doesn’t all work, but Moore creates a memorable portrait of quiet resilience.

 

I’m not sure what the title “Dragged Across Concrete” means, but I felt like I had been after watching this grueling and gritty three-hour crime drama. Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn play cops disciplined for employing rough tactics. While on suspension, the opportunity to steal gold from crooks becomes too tempting to resist. There are some disturbing social undertones in this violent movie that border on racism. You may be rooting for criminal Tory Kittles in the end, but mostly for the movie to end.

 

“Out of Blue” plays like it could have been an early David Lynch movie. Patricia Clarkson plays a New Orleans homicide detective whose life becomes metaphysically entangled with that of a murder victim, a young astrophysicist. It’s a smart and ambitious neo-noir thriller, but weird and unwieldly.

 

Also opening this week, “The Wedding Guest” is an action thriller about a kidnapping set in Pakistan and India. Dev Patel stars.

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