Us (2019)


A family’s serenity turns to chaos when a group of doppelgängers begins to terrorize them. (IMDb)
Peele’s direction is stellar–so is Nyong’o–and is tailor-made for horror, with its patient camera, stunning visuals, and poignantly mischievous flair (see the unique use of pop songs that adds an unsettling realism to the gory thrills). The writing is equally compelling, but with hiccups: The surprising humour is good but often punctures the mood, and the fascinating social subtext (see Red’s amazing fireplace speech) comes to a slightly muddy (though still thought-provoking) climax.
7.5/10 (Really Good)


The One I Love (2014)

Struggling with a marriage on the brink of falling apart, a couple escapes for a weekend in pursuit of their better selves, only to discover an unusual dilemma that awaits them. (IMDb)
With its unexpected mix of suspenseful thriller and romantic dramedy, the film gives both genres a refreshing face-lift: the former with authentic acting, natural dialogue, and heightened character focus; the latter with a bizzare sci-fi-ish twist that puts interpersonal tension within an unsettling new framework. There are a couple of possible plot holes, and the final act’s uncovering leaves something to be desired, but the open-ended mystery of it all has does have its charm too.
7.5/10 (Really Good)