Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elizabeth Moss.

The Basics

A family moves to their vacation house after a day at the beach and something very weird happens as wife Lupita Nyong’o starts getting flashbacks from the past. Weirder yet, they find doppelgangers of themselves stalking them. Director Jordan Peele breaks the sophomore-jinx after his stunning debut, Get Out. Though Us never gets as freaky as Get Out, it has its own scary premise with deeply-buried metaphors.

What It’s About

I’ve already given away the most important part of the plot. But, trust me, you’ll stay for the creepiest performance of the year by Lupita Nyong’o. She’s proved herself to be a fine actress in the past, having already won an Oscar for her role in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. Here, she puts on a career-best performance as a woman who’s been highly traumatized in the past as a kid at a fair. The ghosts of the past revisit her and things start getting really weird.

The Verdict

Jordan Peele scores a homerun again with Us, one of the creepiest films of 2018. The violence and scares are as real as they come and Lupita Nyong’o deserves another nomination.