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The 27 Most Anticipated Movies of 2022

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We can’t believe it’s already almost April either. But there’s still a lot of 2022 ahead of us and we thought about taking a renewed look at our selection of some of 2022’s most anticipated films, especially considering the calendar of releases has changed a lot in the last few weeks. 

Bear in mind that nothing is set in stone, so this isn’t a comprehensive selection. New titles will pop up as the new year unfolds. Plus, most of these titles are tentpole movies and/or sequels or adaptations from pre-existing franchises. Expect the year 2022 to be full of those, but also keep in mind that there’ll also be a fair share of must-see indie movies as the year progresses. It’s hard to know if 2022 will be the year that cinema-going returns to normal, or if we’ll all still be doing a lot of streaming at home for certain titles, while opting for the big screen for others. 

And yes, some of the titles on this list are movies that we were already looking forward to watching back in 2019 — ahem, Top Gun: Maverick .

Winter 2022: Movies That Have Already Premiered

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The 355 (January 7): This action-espionage ensemble stars Jessica Chastain as a CIA agent who joins forces with a German agent (Diane Kruger), a former MI6 ally who specializes in computers (Lupita Nyong’o) and a Colombian psychologist (Penélope Cruz) on a mission to recover a top-secret weapon. Bingbing Fan plays the mysterious woman who follows their every move. The 355 is now available on Peacock and on video on demand (VOD).

Scream (January 14): This is the fifth installment of the Scream franchise. Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette return to their iconic roles alongside newcomers Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding and Jenna Ortega. Twenty-five years after the brutal murders that terrified the small town of Woodsboro, a new killer dons the Ghostface mask and targets a group of teenagers. Scream is now available on Paramount+ and VOD.

Moonfall (February 4): Master of disaster and climate change advocate Roland Emmerich co-writes and directs this film that sees the Moon on the brink of colliding with Earth and annihilating our world. Halle Berry plays a former astronaut who partners with another astronaut (Patrick Wilson) and a conspiracy theorist (John Bradley from Game of Thrones ). Together they’ll try to save humanity as they discover our Moon is not what we think it is.

Death on the Nile (February 11): This new adaptation of a classic Agatha Christie novel has Kenneth Branagh directing and playing the lead detective, Hercule Poirot — the Irish filmmaker already starred in and directed Murder on the Orient Express (2017). This one has been postponed several times due not only to the pandemic but also because a prominent role in the movie is played by Armie Hammer. The movie debuts on Hulu and HBO Max on March 29. 

Uncharted (February 18): Based on the eponymous action-adventure video game series , the movie stars Tom Holland ( Spider-Man: Homecoming ) as Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as Victor Sullivan. They both embark on an epic international adventure — Barcelona is prominently featured in the trailer — in the pursuit of “the greatest treasure never found.” Meanwhile, Nathan starts discovering new details about his long-lost brother.

The Batman (March 4): Robert Pattinson dons the cape and the pointy-eared mask in this new reboot of the bat franchise. Matt Reeves ( Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ) co-writes and directs the movie, which also stars Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, Jeffrey Wright and John Turturro. Don’t miss our article on the hidden details in The Batman ’s first trailer and the movie’s inception and our full review of The Batman . 

Turning Red (March 11): Pixar’s first 2022 title is directed by Domee Shi, who won an Oscar for her short film Bao (2018). The movie follows the story of 13-year-old Mei Lee (voiced by Rosalie Chiang), who turns into a giant red panda every time she gets excited. Sandra Oh voices Mei Lee’s overbearing mom, Ming. Read our review of Turning Red here . 

Deep Water (March 18): Based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith and starring Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck, this is one of the titles that has been postponed several times because of COVID-19. De Armas and Affleck play a married couple who have an arrangement to keep their marriage afloat. But when their games turn into murder, things get messier. Highsmith’s source material offers a portrayal of the fake veneer covering American suburbia — let’s hope the film does too.

The Lost City (March 25): Sandra Bullock returns to her comedy roots starring in this action-adventure where she plays Loretta Sage. She’s a popular romance-adventure writer on a promotional tour with Alan (Channing Tatum), the model who has always portrayed Loretta’s main character: the hero Dash. When Loretta is kidnapped by a billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who wants to find an ancient lost city’s treasure from one of her novels, Alan decides to take the lead and rescue her as Dash would do. They end up in the middle of the jungle needing to work together to stay alive and find the ancient treasure before it’s lost forever.

Spring Movies 2022

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Morbius (April 1): Set in the same universe as Venom , Morbius stars the chameleonic Jared Leto as Dr. Michael Morbius. He suffers from a rare blood disease and, while trying to find a cure for himself and others, he ends up transformed into someone with an urge for blood and other vampiric tendencies. Watching the method actor Leto transform himself into a mindless creature may prove to be one of the most appealing aspects of the film.

Ambulance (April 8): Michael Bay produces and directs this film starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II ( Candyman ) as Will, a vet desperate to pay for his wife’s medical bills. His adoptive brother, Dany (Jake Gyllenhaal), is a professional criminal. When Will asks him for help, Dany enlists Will in a $32 million bank robbery. The two of them end up in an adrenaline-fueled chase through the streets of Los Angeles, inside of an ambulance driven by EMT Cam (Eiza González).

Downton Abbey: A New Era (May 20): First there were the six seasons of the television drama about a family of British aristocrats, their estate and the servants who allowed for everything to run smoothly. Then there was a 2019 movie too, and now it’s time for a film sequel: A New Era . Julian Fellowes, the creator of the show, returns once more here as the writer. And yes, the good news is that despite the dire health diagnosis the Dowager Countess revealed to her granddaughter Mary (Michelle Dockery) at the end of the previous movie, Maggie Smith returns to A New Era to hopefully dispense fresh doses of perfectly delivered puns. 

Top Gun: Maverick (May 27): The original Top Gun opened in 1986. Now, this sequel that’s been decades in the making follows Tom Cruise’s Maverick after he’s served more than 30 years as a pilot in the Navy. When he has to train a group of Top Gun graduates for an impossible mission, Maverick meets Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of his long-lost friend Goose. Expect spectacular aerial sequences and a lot of need for speed.

Jurassic World: Dominion (June 10): Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return for this sixth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise and sequel to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018). Franchise originals Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern also star in this movie. Lightyear (June 17): Who was the Space Ranger who inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy from the Toy Story franchise? Chris Evans voices Buzz in this origin story that Pixar describes as a sci-fi action-adventure film.

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Elvis (June 24): Musical heavy-weight Baz Luhrmann ( Moulin Rouge ) directs and co-writes this biopic starring Austin Butler ( The Carrie Diaries ) as music legend Elvis Presley. The film also stars Tom Hanks as Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker. “The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America,” reads Warner Bros.’ official synopsis of the film.

Summer Movies 2022

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Minions: The Rise of Gru (July 1): Allow me the yellow indulgence since I’ve been a fan of these adorable polyglot creatures since I first saw Despicable Me in a movie theater back in 2010. This second prequel of the Minions origin story — and fifth installment of the Despicable Me franchise — is set in the 1970s and follows a 12-year-old Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) and his faithful army of yellow sidekick followers. 

Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8): This fourth Thor movie — the second one helmed by the New Zealander Taika Waititi — sees Natalie Portman returning as astrophysicist and Thor’s ex, Jane Foster. Waititi, who’s also taken writing duties for this film, has teased at its romantic components . The movie will also feature Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Christian Bale.

Nope (July 22): After Get Out and Us , here comes the next psychological horror film written and directed by Academy Award-winner Jordan Peele. Details are still very much under wraps for this movie, which stars Academy Award-winner Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Oscar nominee Steven Yeun . You can read more about Nope and its enigmatic first trailer here . 

Fall Movies 2022

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Don’t Worry Darling (September 23): Olivia Wilde’s second feature film after she directed the outstanding Booksmart (2019) stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles as a married couple living in a utopian experimental community in the 1950s. Pugh plays a housewife and someone who fears that the company her husband works for may be hiding something. The movie also stars Wilde alongside Chris Pine, Gemma Chan and Kiki Layne.

Spider-Man: Across Spider-Verse (Part One) (October 7): After the multiverse-set Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film and was lauded for its diverse representation — the movie stars Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) as an Afro-Latino kid who also happens to be Spider-Man — we really are looking forward to this Spider-Verse sequel. Not to mention, it’s one of several animated films we’re most excited about seeing this year. 

Black Adam (October 21): This eleventh installment in the DC Extended Universe is directed by the Catalan filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra and stars Dwayne Johnson as the titular villain. Pierce Brosnan and Aldis Hodge also appear in this Johnson-starring vehicle that could see him become Shazam’s archenemy. 

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (November 11): Ryan Coogler returns as co-writer and director of the much-anticipated sequel to his Black Panther (2018), the first superhero film to be nominated for a coveted Best Picture nod at the Oscars. Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba and Angela Bassett reprise their roles from the original movie. The multi-talented Michaela Coel ( I May Destroy You ) will play a new role in this sequel. To honor the memory of the late Chadwick Boseman, who played Black Panther in the original film, Marvel has announced that this movie won’t recast the titular role . Also, Thor: Love and Thunder and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever aren’t the only two Marvel Cinematic Universe movies to be released in 2022. There’ll also be Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6).

She Said (November 18): Maria Schrader ( Unorthodox ) directs this adaptation of Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor’s book in which they relate their New York Times investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and abuse behavior. The exposé helped further the #MeToo movement. The film stars Zoe Kazan, Carey Mulligan, Patricia Clarkson and Andre Braugher.

Avatar 2 (December 16): Thirteen years after James Cameron introduced us to Pandora in Avatar , here comes the second installment of this story. Zoe Saldaña, Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver all return to Avatar 2 , alongside newcomers Kate Winslet, Vin Diesel and Michelle Yeoh. The franchise is expected to have five installments in total, with each new movie being released two years apart.

I Wanna Dance with Somebody (December 21): Naomi Ackie ( Small Axe ) plays the late singer Whitney Houston in this musical biopic that’s directed by Kasie Lemons ( Harriet ) and also stars Clarke Peters, Stanley Tucci and Nafessa Williams.


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Us | 2019 | R | – 2.8.8



 – A man and a woman kiss for a few seconds. A man tells his wife he will meet her in the magic room (it is the bedroom, implying sex); he is seen wearing a T-shirt and shorts, and lies down facing the camera with his legs spread (we can see bare legs to mid-thigh and the outline of genitals in his shorts) but there are no sexual images or contact. ►  In a couple of beach scenes several women wear skimpy bikinis that reveal bare backs, cleavage, abdomens and bare legs to the hips. A few teen girls and two women wear a series of short shorts that reveal their upper thighs. A woman’s V-neck top reveals moderate cleavage and another woman wears a halter top that reveals her bare back and cleavage. A few men are seen shirtless (their bare chests, abdomens and backs are seen) in a long shot on a beach. ►  A man indicates he would have sex with his wife’s double, if the double exists, making a popping sound with his mouth; his wife looks disgusted.


 - A teen girl chases another teen girl outside at night, catches up, stands on a car roof, and pulls out a long pair of shears until a man shouts at her and she jumps down, stabs him and he falls dead (no blood is shown) as the other girl runs away. A woman with a fireplace poker enters a funhouse and walks down dark stairs to a sub-basement and then down an escalator, she passes empty rooms and a room where men and women seem to be eating raw chicken and finds a woman drawing a line of stick figures on a chalkboard and cutting out paper dolls, and then cutting them to bits with long shears; the second woman dances through lines of school desks and struggles with and slaps the other woman, throws her on the floor and kicks her in the stomach, making the victim shout in pain; they struggle, fistfight, and stab at each other with shears and a poker in a hallway, among large rabbits, and in a long shot one woman is stabbed several times and slammed into a wall. A woman stabs a poker completely through another woman (we see some blood), who grunts, falls to a seated position, spits blood and whistles; the other woman strangles her with a chain, breaks her neck with a loud crunch, and screams toward the ceiling. A teen girl arms herself with a golf club and a young boy picks up a large geode rock as they walk past blood streaks on walls to find two teen girls and hit them several times in the head with their weapons, killing them (one girl falls over a balcony); the teen girl with the golf club hits the other girl just beyond a doorway and we hear crunching as blood splatters on the walls. A woman ties another woman to the footboard of a bed and threatens her with shears, then cuts her own cheek to produce blood flow; the attacker stands at a window and from outside we see but cannot hear her cry and laugh while inside the room she struggles with a teen girl as the tied-up woman tries to free herself and a young boy kills the attacker by hitting her in the head with a large rock (everyone's clothing is stained with blood). A woman hits another woman on the head with a pot and they struggle, rolling on the floor; one woman lies behind a counter and the other woman stabs and kills her (the counter hides the action), but we hear the strikes. A man and a woman are shown after they have been stabbed and the man lies dead in a pool of blood and the woman crawls through blood toward the camera, panicked. ►  The power goes out in a house and family members shudder; the father takes a ball bat outside to scare off four people in the driveway, saying "I will break your head," but runs back inside when the adult male of the group chases him and a woman in the house calls 911 and shouts as a teen girl and young boy cry; the man from outside opens the door, grabs the other man's bat and hits him hard in the knee (he shouts in pain) and he pulls him by the injured leg off-screen and out the back door where he rolls him down the steps (we see the injured man limping later and using a bat as a cane); the attacker screeches and holds a long pair of shears near the other man's face and then knocks him unconscious. ►  A teen girl drives an SUV into another teen girl; she lands on the windshield and stabs through the cracking glass with shears (no person is stabbed) and she is struck again and thrown into a tree, where she hangs upside down; a woman gets out of the vehicle holding a fireplace poker and finds the girl, who snarls and swipes at her, and then dies with her eyes open and blood on her face. A car is shown in flames and a boy wearing a mask stands in front of it, snapping his fingers; he holds up a match and walks backward, ready to ignite spilled gasoline, but he catches fire, falls down, and is consumed in flames. Two teen girls stand on a balcony and in a long-shot stab two other teen girls in the throat with shears (we see no blood as they collapse). ►  A man wrapped up in a plastic tarp wakes up in a motor boat at night, he punches another man in the head knocking him into the water and the first man also falls into the water. A family of four rides away from a dock in a motor boat, while a woman and a snarling young boy stand on the dock. A man on a boat screeches as another man shoots him in the chest with a flare gun; the two men struggle and the second man escapes. A woman forces another woman to handcuff herself to a coffee table and slams the victim's face onto the glass top, cracking it but causing no injury; when the attacker leaves the victim uses a fireplace poker to break the legs of the table, freeing herself. ►  We see dead bodies along streets, a boardwalk and at a carnival, some with blood on their clothing. Two boys sit in a dark closet and one boy lights a match and removes his pressure-bandage mask to reveal hideous rippled scars from his nose to his chin and around his cheeks; the other boy locks him in the closet and runs until the boy in the closet is rescued by his mother, who walks into another room and cuts the head off a stuffed toy bunny. A woman hits a man in the forehead with a poker and we see some blood flow as he walks away. ►  Four people holding hands stand in a family's driveway at night (their faces and bodies are doubles for the family inside the house, except for with wicked smiles); they each carry a pair of long, sharp shears that they use to attack their doubles in later scenes and the mother doppelganger is the only one with a voice and speaks with a deep, raspy voice, grimaces, cries, and snaps her fingers in several scenes (the other doubles only screech and grunt, which they do on and off-screen). A doppelganger boy has a scarred lower face and scurries around on all fours and snaps his fingers often, grunting and growling; it is implied that he once burned down a house. ►  In two flashbacks a young girl wanders away from her parents at a boardwalk at night and walks on an empty beach as heat lightning flashes several times, and we hear muffled thunder and rain begins to fall; the girl walks into a funhouse called "Shaman Vision Quest" and hears a Native American voice narrating along the hall of mirrors as a mechanical owl pops out and hoots causing the girl to jump, she whistles, and someone off-screen whistles; the girl walks hard into a mirror (she is not hurt), she looks into a mirror and sees the back of her own head and a close-up of her face shows horror as the scene ends. A flashback shows a girl's reflection in a mirror and her face has a wicked smile and fang-like teeth as it reaches out and chokes the real girl and then drags her off-screen; the real girl is then seen wearing different clothing and handcuffed to a bunk bed while the reflection girl finishes donning the real girl's clothing and leaves as the real girl grunts and struggles, but cannot free herself. ►  A flashback scene shows an owl hooting and a woman smashes it with a fireplace poker. A man and a woman stand with shears in their hands and blood spots on their faces. A young boy wearing a mask that has fangs hides in a cupboard and bounces out at his teen sister, making her shout; she locks him in a closet where he screams and pounds the door until his mom lets him out. A woman runs and grabs a young boy, charging off-screen with him. ►  A group of friends on a beach witness alarming events: A Frisbee flies fast between two women and nearly hits them as one of the women shouts; a man with scruffy hair and wearing a tattered trench coat stands facing away from the camera with his hands out to the sides and a close-up showing blood dripping from one of his hands; a young boy approaches and the camera cuts away; we see a drawing a young boy made of himself standing in front of a man, obscuring his head and body, but with one hand to the side, dripping blood; a family drives by an ambulance where a man is being loaded into the back on a gurney but we do not see an injury; and we see a police cruiser with lights flashing and hear sirens. ►  The back wall of a classroom is filled with large white rabbits in cages and we later see them hopping around a classroom and through hallways where men and women seem entranced and zombie-like, pretending to ride a roller coaster (they are shaking their bodies up and down) and a carousel (they are walking in circles). ►  Two flashbacks show a young girl staring into space as her mother cries when a therapist says her daughter suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after a horrific experience in a funhouse. A man and a woman argue about watching their daughter more closely and the mother blames the father for the child's PTSD. A man and a woman argue a few times. A man and a woman argue for several seconds. Three men shadow-box a wall. Two men push a third man several times. ►  A TV announcement shows a line of cloned people lining up across a city, hand in hand, as an announcer says they are killing other people in a terrorist attack and one person charges the camera, which goes black. We see a long line of men and women clones joining hands across a city and the nearby mountains. ►  Two teen girls simultaneously tell a boy to pee in the ocean and we see him leaving a port-a-potty. A song on the radio includes the lyrics "take a whiz."


 - About 33 F-words and its derivatives, 15 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, 4 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (crazy, spoiled, monster, weird, weirdos, Boogey Man family), exclamations (shut-up, wow), 3 religious profanities (GD), 10 religious exclamations (Oh My God, Oh God, Jesus, Holy [scatological term deleted], I Saw God, "Jeremiah 11:11" printed on three cardboard signs [verse is about humanity's destruction with God refusing to help]). | profanity glossary |


 - A woman says that she used a little bit of a drug but does not mention the name and we do not see it (she does not appear intoxicated), a teen girl says that a song is about drugs and her dad says it is not. A woman drinks a glass and a half of wine and says she thinks about margaritas, a man says that there is a "full bar here" (on a beach) and we see a bottle of wine as he pours a glass, and a man drinks two short glasses of whiskey. A man says that he is going outside for a smoke (we do not see him smoke).


 - Psychological trauma, PTSD, paranoia, fears, apprehension, tension, racial tensions, people without a voice in society, cloning, belief in the soul and God, evil mirror universe personalities, coincidences, symbolism, home invasions, violence, survival, protecting one's family, what it means to be American, Hands Across America.

 - Minority oppression, religion and cloning issues can bring out the dark side of America.

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Us -- a shocking, inventive, often funny horror movie about doppelgangers starring Lupita Nyong'o -- is writer/director Jordan Peele 's follow-up to his enormously popular Get Out . While this film isn't likely to have the same cultural impact, it's still quite good. It's also very scary and violent. There are jump scares, plus many attacks and killings with blood and gore. Characters use blunt objects on doppelgangers, and doppelgangers slice and stab people with sharp scissors. A woman is handcuffed, and children are sometimes in peril. Language is also strong, with many uses of "f--k" and "s--t." The "N" word is heard in a song ("F--k tha Police" by N.W.A.), and a boy uses the word "bulls--t." A man kisses his wife and makes silly comments and gestures to indicate that he'd like to have sex, but it doesn't go any further. Secondary characters are seen drinking heavily in a comic way, without consequences.

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US begins with young Adelaide enjoying the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with her parents in 1986. While her father is distracted, she wanders off and winds up in a house of mirrors. The power winks off, and she finds herself standing next to what looks like her own reflection ... except that it's not a reflection. Flash forward to the present: Grown-up Adelaide ( Lupita Nyong'o ) is now married to Gabe (Winston Duke), with a teen daughter, Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph), and a young son, Jason (Evan Alex). While the family vacations at their summer home, Gabe suggests going back to Santa Cruz; though the idea terrifies Adelaide, she reluctantly agrees. Jason is briefly missing, but otherwise the day goes well. But when they get home, they discover a strange family of four standing in their driveway. And they look a lot like the Wilsons ... except that they don't seem friendly.

Is It Any Good?

Jordan Peele 's horror shocker can't compete with its sensational predecessor Get Out , but it doesn't have to. Made with precision, intelligence, and humor, Us is inventive and wildly entertaining in its own right. It can be said that Us has something to do with doppelgangers, but just how far the story goes and what it all means is best left to individual discussion. It's like a carnival ride of crazy ideas -- it's startling and also actually sometimes funny. While Get Out had little pockets of comic relief inserted into strategic places, the laughs in Us , based both on ironic jokes and on the happy feel of relief and release, are scattered throughout. Any character in this film can earn a laugh.

Since Peele -- well known as part of the comedy team Key & Peele -- understands the primal, bodily sensations of both laughter and fear, he approaches the filmmaking in Us with supreme confidence. His camera never shakes but rather moves in such a way to hide or reveal information for maximum impact. He's as precise here as Hitchcock or Kubrick. He also understands the use of music and sound, merging back and forth between a chilling, chanting orchestral score and pop songs, each adjusted at just the right volume or tone. It's an undeniably well-crafted and brutally effective movie, but where Get Out created a sharp, satirical commentary on race relations, this one very simply presents a positive portrayal of an African American family.

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Flawless production values, impressive acting, and a clever plot combine to produce a truly terrifying horror movie for adult fans of the genre. not for the rest of us..

Adelaide Wilson brings her husband and children back to her childhood hometown after years of avoiding traumatic memories. But these memories can no longer be held back and are about to come to terrifying life.

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Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) returns to her childhood home near Santa Cruz for a relaxing vacation with her husband Gabe (Winston Duke) and two children, Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and Jason (Evan Alex). However, Adelaide wishes for the family to avoid the boardwalk, as she had experienced a traumatic event in a house of mirrors as a young child. Unable to persuade Gabe to avoid the area, she relents on the condition that they return before nightfall. The Wilsons have a pleasant time at the beach, but later that night Jason notices a strange family standing in the darkness at the end of their driveway. A family which looks eerily familiar but behaves very strangely. A family dressed in identical red jumpsuits and carrying sharp golden scissors…

Director Jordan Peele of Get Out fame is intent on making the kind of horror movies that I love to watch, and while Us is certainly not connected thematically or tonally to his Oscar-winning directorial debut, it is the same style of existential horror. Us doesn’t rely on the goofy unwarranted jump scares of a film like The Possession of Hannah Grace , replaced instead with the long takes of terrified characters trying to find what lurks in the shadows. This more thematic and tonal approach to horror wouldn’t work without Peele’s focus on strong and memorable imagery, which he delivers in Us .

All of these exemplary production elements are tied together with a compelling soundtrack which mixes covers and original compositions smoothly. More importantly, they work together to bolster the tone Peele creates with his strong visual design and elegant camera work.

That being said, this is not a family film. The violence is grisly and disturbing, and the profanity is frequent. On top of that, it’s unbelievably terrifying, and definitely not suitable for young or sensitive viewers, although you could probably have guessed most of this from its Restricted rating. As you may have noticed, I really like this movie. I don’t think it’s quite as strong as Get Out , which is easily one of my all-time favorites in the horror genre, but it is nonetheless an excellent entry from Peele. If you’re an adult fan of creepy horror, join the rest of Us and give Us a view.

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Why is Us rated R? Us is rated R by the MPAA for violence/terror, and language

Violence: A man is shown with blood dripping from his hand. An individual is struck with a baseball bat. An individual is knocked unconscious after being dragged outside. Someone is in the distance. An individual is struck in the head with a bat. A person is messily mulched by an outboard motor. Four individuals are shown being stabbed in the neck. An individual is struck in the head with a fire poker. Two people are beaten with a golf club, and one falls nearly 15 feet after being knocked over a railing. A male character cuts his own face with scissors. An individual is struck in the head with a decorative geode. Someone is stuck in the face with a heavy frying pan and then stabbed with a pair of scissors. A character is hit with a car and launched into a tree, where they are shown with what is likely a badly broken spine. Multiple people are shown dead and covered in blood, lying in the streets. An individual voluntarily steps into a fire and dies as a result. An individual is stabbed in the hand and the stomach. A main character stabs someone through the torso with a fire poker: their neck breaks. Sexual Content:   A man comments on having sex with his wife’s double. A man is shown lying in bed; the shape of his genitals is visible through his shorts. A man refers to the bedroom as the “magic room” as an allusion to sex. Profanity: There is frequent use of profanity in all categories. There are close to three dozen sexual expletives, approximately half of which occur in the song, F** the Police by NWA.  The song also uses a racial slur. There are another three dozen moderate profanities, particularly scatological curses, as well as a dozen terms of deity. Alcohol / Drug Use: The protagonists are not shown drinking. An abusive father and two others are shown intoxicated, but this is discouraged, and none of them are portrayed as particularly happy or well-liked people. A woman drinks wine and a man consumes whiskey.

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“Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I will bring on them a disaster they cannot escape. Although they cry out to me, I will not listen to them.” - Jeremiah 11:11

In Rodney Ascher ’s  documentary “ Room 237 ,” four theorists attempt to explain the hidden messages in Stanley Kubrick ’s movie “ The Shining .” The ideas about what the movie is about range from the possible to the downright bizarre. One theory fixates on the possibility that “The Shining” was Kubrick’s way of confessing he faked the landing on the moon footage, and another obsesses over the details of the hedge maze. The other two see evidence that the 1980 film indirectly references either the genocide of Native Americans or the Holocaust.

Like “The Shining,” there are a number of different ways to interpret Jordan Peele ’s excellent new horror movie, “Us.” Every image seems to be a clue for what’s about to happen or a stand-in for something outside the main story of a family in danger. Peele’s film, which he directed, wrote and produced, will likely reward audiences on multiple viewings, each visit revealing a new secret, showing you something you missed before in a new light.

“Us” begins back in 1986 with a young girl and her parents wandering through the Santa Cruz boardwalk at night. She separates from them to walk out on the empty beach, watching a foreboding flock of thunderclouds roll in. Her eyes find an attraction just off the main pier, and she walks into what looks like an abandoned hall of mirrors, discovering something deeply terrifying—her doppelgänger. The movie shifts to the present day, with Janelle Monae on the radio as the Wilson family is heading towards their vacation home. The little girl has now grown up to be a woman, Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o), nervous about returning to that spot on the Santa Cruz beach. Her husband, Gabe ( Winston Duke ), thinks her reaction is overblown, but he tries to make her feel at ease so they can take their kids Zora ( Shahadi Wright Joseph ) and Jason ( Evan Alex ) to the beach and meet up with old friends, the Tylers ( Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker ) and their twin daughters. After one small scare and a few strange coincidences on the beach, the family returns home for a quiet night in, only to have their peace broken by a most unlikely set of trespassers lined up across their driveway: doppelgängers of their family.

Part of the appeal of “Us” is how you interpret what all of this information and images mean. No doubt the movie will give audiences plenty to mull over long after the credits. In the film, the Jeremiah 11:11 Bible verse appears twice before pivotal moments, and there are plenty of other Biblical references to dig into, including an analogy to heaven and hell. Perhaps Jason’s “ Jaws ” shirt is a reference to the rocket sweater the little boy wears in “The Shining” or it could be a warning about the film’s oceanside dangers. In the ‘80s scene, when young Adelaide walks into the mysterious attraction, the sign welcoming her is that of a Native American in a headdress above the name “Shaman Vision Quest.” When the family returns to the beach, the sign has been replaced with a more PC-friendly sign bearing a wizard advertising it as “Merlin’s Enchanted Forest,” a bandaid solution to hiding the racist exterior and the horror inside its halls.  

As he did with “ Get Out ,” Peele pays significant tribute to the films that have influenced him in “Us.” Though this time, there doesn’t seem to be a consensus. As I spoke with others who saw the movie, we focused on different titles that stood out to us. For me, “The Shining” looked to be the film that received the most nods in “Us,” including an overhead shot of the Wilson family driving through hilly forests to their vacation home, much like the Torrance family does on the way to the Overlook Hotel. There’s also a reference to “The Shining” twins, a few architectural and cinematography similarities and, in one shot, Nyong’o charges the camera with a weapon much like Jack Nicholson menacingly drags along an ax in a chase. However, “Us” is not just a love letter to one horror movie. Peele also pays tribute to Brian De Palma with a split diopter shot that places both Adelaide and her doppelgänger in equal focus for the first time in the movie. There’s also a tip of the hat to Darren Aronofsky ’s “ Black Swan ” in terms of dueling balletic styles and a gorgeously choreographed fight scene that looks like a combative pas de deux.

This delightfully deranged home invasion-family horror film works because Peele not only knows how to tell his story, he assembled an incredible cast to play two roles. The Wilsons are a picture of an all-American family: a family of four that looks to be middle class, with college-educated (Gabe is wearing a Howard University sweater) parents doting on their two children. Their doppelgängers may look like them and be tied to them in some way, but their lives are inverses of each other, and their existence has been one of limits and misery. It’s one of the most poignant analogies of class in America to come out in a studio film in recent memory. For the actors, it’s a chance to play two extremes, one of intense normality and the other of wretched evil. In “Us,” Duke shows off his comedic strengths as the dorky father who often embarrasses his kids, and his doppelgänger is a frighting wall of violence with little to say other than grunts and fighting his adversary. If Nyong’o doesn’t get some professional recognition for her performances here, I will be very disappointed. As Adelaide, she’s fearful, trying to keep some traumatic memories at bay but putting on a brave face for her family. To play her character’s opposite, Nyong’o adopts a graceful, confident movement for her doppelgänger, sliding into the family’s home with scissors at the ready. The doppelgänger looks wide-eyed and maliciously curious as if she’s looking for new ways to terrorize this family. She whispers in a raspy but sinister voice that would make many people jump and run away.

A suspenseful story and marvelous cast need a great crew to make the film a home run, and “Us” is not short on talent. “ It Follows ” cinematographer Mike Gioulakis creates unsettling images in mundane spaces, like how a strange family standing at a driveway isn’t necessarily scary, but when it’s eerily dark out, they’re backlit so that their faces go unseen and the four bodies are standing at a higher elevation from our heroes, so it looks like evil is swooping in from above. Kym Barrett ’s costume designs not only supply the doppelgängers’ nefarious looking red jumpsuits but also the normal, comfy clothes the Wilsons and Tylers wear on vacation. Michael Abels , who also composed the score for “Get Out,” and the ominous notes from the sound design team lay the groundwork for nerve-wracking sequences.

Jordan Peele isn’t the next Kubrick, M. Night Shyamalan, Alfred Hitchcock or Steven Spielberg . He’s his own director, with a vision that melds comedy, horror and social commentary. And he has a visual style that’s luminous, playful and delightfully unnerving. Peele uses an alternate cinematic language to Kubrick, seems more comfortable at teasing his story’s twists throughout the narrative unlike Shyamalan, uses suspense differently than Hitchcock, and possesses the comedic timing Spielberg never had. “Us” is another thrilling exploration of the past and oppression this country is still too afraid to bring up. Peele wants us to talk, and he’s given audiences the material to think, to feel our way through some of the darker sides of the human condition and the American experience.

This review was originally filed from the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 9, 2019.

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AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 08: Jordan Peele, jewelry detail, wears a bloody pair of scissors on his suit to attend the premiere of "Us" at the Paramount Theater during the 2019 SXSW Conference And Festival on March 8, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)

Is Jordan Peele’s Us okay for kids?

Jordan peele debuts his latest horror masterpiece, us, in theaters on march 22, and what many parents want to know, is if the film will be okay for kids.

It’s safe to say that many are anticipating Jordan Peele’s latest horror classic, Us .

While the film has gotten some really great reviews early on, the question for adults with kids is if the film will be okay for the little ones. In order to answer that question, we must give you the general premise of Us .

The film showcases a family who takes a vacation to Santa Cruz, CA. One night, they’re “visited” by a family, who happen to be doppelgangers of the family. From the trailers, Us promises to be nightmare fuel for everyone who views it.

I, personally, have had some friends who are terrified to see the movie, and have also banned “I Got 5 On It” from their playlist. These, mind you, are grown adults, and if it comes across as too much for adults, then that should tell you all one need’s to know about if Us is kid-friendly.

Sure, for teenagers, this film may or may not have an effect on them, but for kids under the age of 13, Us may be a bit too much for them. The film is a mind-trick that has left an impression on many who have had the opportunity to see it early, and the disturbing images that are peppered in Us are definitely not suitable for kids.

Take Jason Wilson (Evan Alex) character, whose doppelganger, Pluto, is disfigured and is, somehow, immune to fire. Imagine a six-year-old watching that, and you’ll be having to calm them down every single night for the next week.

Case in point, Us is a new age horror film that stays to the genre’s roots, meaning that this will not be suitable for kids. It’s also rated R. So, if you have plans to see Us , make sure to find a babysitter and keep the little ones at home for this one.


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