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Knives Out (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Knives Out sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson's stellar ensemble.

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Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in KNIVES OUT, a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death. With an all-star ensemble cast including Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell, KNIVES OUT is a witty and stylish whodunit guaranteed to keep audiences guessing until the very end.

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Cast

Daniel Craig
as Benoit Blanc
Chris Evans
as Ransom Robinson
Jamie Lee Curtis
as Linda Robinson
Michael Shannon
as Walt Thrombrey
Christopher Plummer
as Harlan Thrombey
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There's a great deal of lively and funny shenanigans with poisons and antidotes, and Johnson delivers a stab of cheerful cynicism.

November 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An entertainment that's as smart, witty, stylish and exhilarating as any movie lover could wish for.

November 28, 2019 | Full Review…

I suspect that Johnson, an adolescent genre enthusiast to his core, has waited since age 10 to make a movie like this. His enjoyment is contagious, even for those of us who don't think Knives Out quite hits its marks.

November 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Knives Out is a whole lot of fun, intended to keep the audience off-balance right up until the finish. It's a razor-sharp throwback from writer-director Rian Johnson

November 27, 2019 | Full Review…
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Johnson's fancy style remains as appealing as ever, though his signature stylistic moves -- the rapid pans, the close-ups from low angles, the tricks with focus -- are by now as recognizable as the line of a cartoonist.

November 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A viciously droll game of movie Cluedo, the murder mystery dusted off for the modern age.

November 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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