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Weekend movies: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ looks like a huge, creepy hit

This weekend sees the release of Jordan Peele’s seeming-hit-in-the-making “Us.” Given the crazy-good reception the film received at its SXSW world premiere, coupled that the film is Jordan’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning “Get Out,” major studios are reading the tea leaves and choosing — mostly — to, um, get out — of Jordan’s way.

While there are indie goodies out there, let’s face it — “Us” is going to be huge at the box office. In Peele’s latest horror parable, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o plays a mom fearing for the worst and then seeing it realized in the form of a brood that looks just like her own. Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss co-star.

Indie offerings

Should you be a fan of the swoon-able Alexander Skarsgard, expect to be in heaven this week.

Not only does the “Big Little Lies” actor star in the post-WWII drama “The Aftermath” with Keira Knightley, he’s playing against type in “The Hummingbird Project.” “The Aftermath” is about a couple (Knightley and Jason Clarke) setting up in a house occupied by the former owner (Skarsgard). That sets off some tension.

If that story gives off an overly familiar vibe, check out the plot of  “The Hummingbird Project.” It’s about two cousins (Jesse Eisenberg and Skarsgard) as they boldly — or foolishly — embark on a plan to run a fiber wire across a few states to help speed up internet service. Salma Hayek co-stars as the driven ex-boss trying to one-up them.

One indie discovery worth seeking is “Transit,” fresh from a few screenings at Cinequest. Christian Petzold’s subtle yet gutsy character-driven thriller takes a 1940s story and shifts it to modern-day Europe. And my does it work. Multi-layered and intelligent, it’s about a German man who assumes the identity of a dead writer during

Article source: https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/03/20/weekend-movies-jordan-peels-us-looks-like-a-huge-creepy-hit/

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