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The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Movies This Week -

It’s long been ad­vised not to eat right be­fore you go to bed, and you shouldn’t watch this movie just be­fore do­ing that, ei­ther. Os­car-win­ning writer-di­rec­tor Jor­dan Peele’s next film af­ter “Get Out” aims to be as sur­pris­ing and un­set­tling, and it comes close to grab­bing that brass ring in telling the story of a family with evil look-alikes who stage a home in­va­sion. The task for the prin­ci­pal ac­tors is to play two ver­sions of the same char­ac­ter – the main one and that per­son’s dop­pel­ganger – and a lot of that heavy lift­ing falls to an­other Os­car win­ner, Lupita Ny­ong’o of “12 Years a Slave,” as the family ma­tri­arch. As the man of the house­hold, Win­ston Duke also fares quite well on that count. Other char­ac­ters are wo­ven in along the way, in­clud­ing one played by Elis­a­beth Moss (“Mad Men,” “The Hand­maid’s Tale), but Peele is the most suc­cess­ful here when he stays fo­cused on the main char­ac­ters at the tale’s ul­ti­mately hor­ri­fy­ing cen­ter. DVD ex­tras: five ”mak­ing-of“doc­u­men­taries; ex­tended and deleted scenes; out­takes. ★★★ (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On De­mand)

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