Tim Heidecker joins the star-studded cast of Jordan Peele's next movie, Us

Although he’s continuing to stay tight-lipped about the actual plot of his directorial follow-up to recent Oscar-winner Get Out—outside of noting that his new film, Us, is about relationships, and will be a “social horror thriller” in a familiar vein—Jordan Peele continues to assemble a pretty stellar cast for…

Elisabeth Moss anchors a stirring The Handmaid's Tale that nevertheless spins its wheels

In “Holly,” Elisabeth Moss sweats, grits her teeth, groans, howls, whispers, and weeps. She is a marvel. In a mostly wordless, though not soundless, performance, she pulls the viewer into this haunted house with her. It’s her best work of the season so far, and that is really saying something. Moss makes this sojourn…

How the writer of this week’s Handmaid’s Tale created that topical scene of family separation

It was impossible not to think about what’s happening to immigrants at our country’s southern border when watching this week’s episode of The Handmaid’s Tale. June and her daughter, Hannah, share an all-too-brief reunion that ends with the two ripped apart all over again. It’d be a difficult scene to watch under…

A frustrating Handmaid's Tale gets a bunch of things almost right—and one thing exactly right

Aunt Lydia, grieving for the loss of women she thinks are children, women she tortures but thinks she nurtures, calls out words that she believes to be names. She weeps, because she believes. She makes it a ritual, the calling of those false names, because she knows rituals have power—to comfort, to manipulate, to…

An explosive ending throws an otherwise engrossing Handmaid's Tale off balance

It’s an odd war that Serena Joy and June wage in “First Blood,” an often excellent but ultimately baffling hour of The Handmaid’s Tale. It begins when Serena Joy, scared and guilty, literally removes the wall that separates her from the woman carrying “her” baby, giving her a chance to see it on an ultrasound monitor.…

Janine speaks up as June goes quiet in another cheery hour of The Handmaid's Tale

Dandelions, or Taraxacum officinale, spread their seeds after they flower. Once the bright yellow florets have dried and fallen away, a “parachute ball” opens up, covering the head of the flower in puffy white parachutes. The seeds mature, and when they do, the tiny white parachutes fly away on the wind, ready to land…

The Handmaid's Tale pits Offred against June in an unsurprisingly upsetting hour

“My darling,” said he, “I beg of you, for my sake and for our child’s sake, as well as for your own, that you will never for one instant let that idea enter your mind! There is nothing so dangerous, so fascinating, to a temperament like yours. It is a false and foolish fancy. Can you not trust me as a physician when…

Jordan Peele reveals the poster and title for his "new nightmare," Us

Ever since the surprise success (and excellence) of last year’s Get Out transformed him from “well-liked sketch comedian” into “bold new film-making talent,” we’ve been eagerly waiting to hear what Jordan Peele’s got cooking up for horror-loving moviegoers next. And while he’s dropped a few hints about some projects…

The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 remains as difficult to watch as it is to resist

The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu’s adaptation of the eponymous Margaret Atwood novel, made for some of the best TV in 2017. Every bit as harrowing as its source material—in which the few fertile women left in the world are reduced to incubators by an oppressive, theocratic regime—Bruce Miller’s series was…