There are so many things to love about writer-director Jordan Peele's second film, Us, and one of the most delicious is how it opens: with a positively early-Spielbergian flourish of childhood wonder smothered by sad reality. Little Adelaide (Madison Curry), who is perhaps 7 or 8 years old, is at a seaside amusement park with her parents — an indifferent dad and a mom frustrated and distracted by him — when she wanders off.
Rarely has a descent into hell had such an impeccable sense of rhythm.
For a movie about a magical amusement park, Nickelodeon's Wonder Park is surprisingly morbid, with a severe lack of wonder.
Captain Marvel is the Marvel Cinematic Universe equivalent of a female-fronted alt-rock act from the '90s with crossover appeal. Think: No Doubt.
If the movies have taught us anything, it's that selflessness can get you killed. Altruism is the murderous psychopath's bread and butter, and that's certainly the case with Greta (Isabelle Huppert), who likes to leave behind fancy handbags on the New York City subways and wait for a vulnerable young woman to find them and return them to their rightful owner.
In 2006, writer-director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck delved into a dark period of German history via a compelling personal story with his Oscar-winning historical drama The Lives of Others, about an East German secret police operative who becomes obsessed with the couple he's been assigned to spy on. After a misguided Hollywood detour with 2010's The Tourist, von Donnersmarck returns to Germany for Never Look Away, another historical drama that attempts to meld the personal with the political (picking up an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in the process).
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