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Get Out

Get Out

Directed by Jordan Peele. Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Betty Gabriel, Marcus Henderson, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Root, Lil Rel Howery, Erika Alexander. (2017, R, 103 min.)

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Fri., Feb. 24, 2017

Jordan Peele (one half of the sadly defunct comedy show Key & Peele) makes an auspicious debut as a writer/director with the horror film Get Out. This movie is more of a psychological thriller than an out-and-out horror spectacle; blood and guts aren’t spilled until the film’s final act, at which point the story’s closely held secrets also come tumbling forth. Not only does this genre exercise deliver the little jolts and inside laughs that keep modern horror fans pleased, Get Out is also one of the smartest, funniest, and most socially astute films to come around in a while. Entrenched and perceived racism are put under the microscope, and then spattered to the four corners of the screen. The pernicious evil of racism lies at the crux of the movie, and even though escape may be possible, total eradication may require many more sequels (or social intervention).

Chris Washington (Kaluuya) is a young black man and photographer who is accompanying his white girlfriend Rose Armitage (Williams) on a weekend trip to meet her parents, Missy (Keener) and Dean (Whitford), for the first time. Chris is a bit worried that Rose hasn’t informed them ahead of time that her boyfriend is black, and once he arrives at their remote country home, the unsettling demeanors of the Armitages’ black servants, Georgina (scene-stealing Gabriel) and Walter (Henderson), put Chris further on edge. Even though Missy and Dean are good liberals, their attempts to make Chris comfortable stirs in him a sense of little micro-affronts, and the friends and neighbors who attend the Armitages’ strange lawn party further prod the embers. All this tension is not helping Chris in his desire to quit smoking, but Missy, who is a psychiatrist, offers him help in the form of a hypnotherapy session. (Note: Beware doctors offering free treatments.) Ultimately, all the fears that Peele sets up in the first two acts of Get Out come home to roost in the third.

Much of the film’s apprehension builds through our observation of Chris trying to decide if he’s justified or overreacting to the little breaches he experiences in this enclave of rich, white privilege. Are the many little odd things he witnesses meant as intentional slights or are they merely caused by his heightened racial perceptions? This is the delicious dilemma at the heart of the movie, and is part of the social contract that lulls Chris into acquiescence until it’s clear the time has come for revolt. Chris’ best friend Rod Williams (Howery), with whom he interacts mostly by phone, is a TSA agent who serves as both the movie’s comic relief and common sense. Rod would be the guy in your row at the movie theatre shouting “Get out!” to the characters. On the other hand, scenes with Rose’s brother Jeremy (Jones) seem like they’re cut from another movie. Additionally, the pre-credits sequence would benefit from better integration into the story, however the sequence’s evocation of the opening of Halloween is a signal to the many other film tributes scattered throughout. (In addition to John Carpenter, the sensibility of uncertainty that marks novels like Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby and The Stepford Wives are evident everywhere.) Peele clearly knows his genre formulas, but moreover has a keen sense of how to make them speak to the present.

Alamo Drafthouse Mueller

1911 Aldrich #120  512/572-1425

drafthouse.com/austin/theater/mueller

FRI APR 28

8:20, 11:15

SAT APR 29

11:15

SUN APR 30

8:20, 11:10

MON MAY 01

8:20, 11:10

TUE MAY 02

8:25

WED MAY 03

8:25, 11:10

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter  512/861-7060

drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

FRI APR 28

10:20am, 5:40, 11:15

SAT APR 29

10:20am, 5:40, 11:15

SUN APR 30

10:20am, 5:40, 11:05

MON MAY 01

11:55am, 5:25, 10:50

TUE MAY 02

4:10, 10:55
AFA: 10:55am

WED MAY 03

11:00am, 4:35, 10:50

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

1120 S. Lamar  512/861-7040

drafthouse.com/theater/south-lamar

FRI APR 28

11:45am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

SAT APR 29

2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

SUN APR 30

2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

MON MAY 01

11:45am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

TUE MAY 02

2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45
AFA: 11:45am

WED MAY 03

11:45am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W. Anderson  512/861-7030

drafthouse.com/austin/theater/village

Tuesday matinee Baby Day shows (first show of the day) are intended for parents and their children younger than 6. Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

FRI APR 28

7:00, 10:10

SAT APR 29

4:40, 7:30

SUN APR 30

11:25am, 4:45

MON MAY 01

3:45, 10:50

TUE MAY 02

4:00

WED MAY 03

12:30, 10:00

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy  512/306-1991

www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

FRI APR 28

CC/DVS: 11:00am, 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 9:45

SAT APR 29

CC/DVS: 11:00am, 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 9:45

SUN APR 30

CC/DVS: 11:00am, 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 9:00

MON MAY 01

CC/DVS: 11:00am, 1:30, 4:15, 7:00

TUE MAY 02

CC/DVS: 11:00am, 1:30, 4:15, 7:00

WED MAY 03

CC/DVS: 11:00am, 1:30, 4:15, 7:00

Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 14

12812 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave  800/326-3264

www.cinemark.com/theater_showtimes.asp?theater_id=377

FRI APR 28

digital: 10:30am, 1:15, 4:10, 7:10, 10:00

SAT APR 29

digital: 10:30am, 1:15, 4:10, 7:10, 10:00

SUN APR 30

digital: 10:30am, 1:15, 4:10, 7:10, 10:00

MON MAY 01

digital: 10:30am, 1:15, 4:10, 7:10, 10:00

TUE MAY 02

digital: 10:30am, 1:15, 4:10, 7:10, 10:00

WED MAY 03

digital: 10:30am, 1:15, 4:10, 7:10, 10:00

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock  800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

FRI APR 28

digital: 11:50am, 2:35, 5:20, 8:05, 10:40

SAT APR 29

digital: 11:50am, 2:35, 5:20, 8:05, 10:40

SUN APR 30

digital: 11:50am, 2:35, 5:20, 8:05, 10:40

MON MAY 01

digital: 11:50am, 2:35, 5:20, 8:05, 10:40

TUE MAY 02

digital: 11:50am, 2:35, 5:20, 8:05, 10:40

WED MAY 03

digital: 11:50am, 2:35, 5:20, 8:05, 10:40

THU MAY 04

digital: 11:50am, 2:35, 5:20

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville  512/467-7305

www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

FRI APR 28

ClosedCap;DescListen;HI: 12:20, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35, 11:50

SAT APR 29

ClosedCap;DescListen;HI: 12:20, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35, 11:50

SUN APR 30

ClosedCap;DescListen;HI: 12:20, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35

MON MAY 01

ClosedCap;DescListen;HI: 12:20, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35

TUE MAY 02

ClosedCap;DescListen;HI: 12:20, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35

WED MAY 03

ClosedCap;DescListen;HI: 12:20, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35

THU MAY 04

ClosedCap;DescListen;HI: 12:20, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake  512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

FRI APR 28

CC/DVS: 12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 8:00, 10:35

SAT APR 29

CC/DVS: 12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 8:00, 10:35

SUN APR 30

CC/DVS: 12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 8:00, 10:35

MON MAY 01

CC/DVS: 12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 8:00, 10:35

TUE MAY 02

CC/DVS: 12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 8:00, 10:35

WED MAY 03

CC/DVS: 12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 8:00, 10:35

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas  512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

FRI APR 28

CC/DVS: 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40

SAT APR 29

CC/DVS: 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40

SUN APR 30

CC/DVS: 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40

MON MAY 01

CC/DVS: 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40

TUE MAY 02

CC/DVS: 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40

WED MAY 03

CC/DVS: 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40

THU MAY 04

CC/DVS: 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40
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Get Out, Jordan Peele, Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Betty Gabriel, Marcus Henderson, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Root, Lil Rel Howery, Erika Alexander

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