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KNIVES OUT (2019) – My rating 8.5/10

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Knives Out is a murder mystery written, produced, and directed by Rian Johnson. Described as a modern take on the whodunit, the film follows a family gathering gone awry, after the family patriarch’s death leads a master detective to investigate. I looked forward to seeing this film and it did not disappoint.

 

Wealthy crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) invites his family to a party at his mansion to celebrate his 85th birthday. The next morning, Harlan’s housekeeper Fran (Edi Patterson) finds him dead, apparently having slit his own throat. An anonymous figure hires private detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) to investigate. Blanc is accompanied by Detective Lieutenant Elliot (Lakeith Stanfield) throughout the investigation.  Blanc learns that Harlan had alienated many of the family: he had threatened to expose his son-in-law Richard Drysdale (Don Johnson) for having an affair; cut off his daughter-in-law Joni’s (Toni Collette) allowance for stealing money meant for Megan (Katherine Langford) his granddaughter’s tuition; fired his youngest son Walt (Michael Shannon) from his publishing company and cut his lazy grandson Ransom (Chris Evans) out of his will. Harlan’s daughter Linda Drysdale (Jamie Lee Curtis), Harlan’s mother Wanetta who is affectionately known as “Great Nana” (K Callan) and Harlan’s nurse Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas) are all still in Harlan’s favor.

Knives Out is a typical “who done it” film cleverly put together by Rian Johnson for the modern viewer. I thought this ensemble cast was brilliant as was their story. Clear and comprehensible, the pieces were placed coherently and fit like a glove. If you’re looking for a good brain teaser, Knives Out is your cup of tea. Most of the family had a motive to murder Harlan but only one did it.  Find out when you see Knives Out! The film received critical acclaim, particularly for its screenplay, direction, and acting, and has grossed over $132 million worldwide against a $40 million budget. At the 77th Golden Globe Awards, the film received three nominations in the Musical or Comedy categories: Best Motion Picture, Best Actor for Craig, and Best Actress for de Armas. Check It Out!

[KNIVES OUT is Oscar-Nominated for Best Original Screenplay — Totaling 1 Oscar nomination]

 

THE OTHER WOMAN (2014) – My rating: 8/10

TheOtherWomanI expected a summer fill-in that wasn’t going to be anything but a girly, cute flick.  The Other Woman was just that but it was really good.  Not too girly and well written.  I had a good laugh because this movie was actually funny.  I’m impressed because it didn’t lose focus on the end result, which I can’t speak on because that would spoil the movie.  Ladies, if you don’t like you mate looking at extremely sexy women, don’t see this flick.  If you don’t mind, you’re in for some sexy scenes.  Cameron Diaz is as sexy now as she ever was.  I was glad to see a sensible plot on how to deal with a cheating spouse.  Mark King, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau  is your average type of a lying, cheating husband.  Leslie Mann  played his unsuspecting wife, Kate King. Cameron Diaz played Carly Whitten, one of many unsuspecting mistresses and Kate Upton played Amber, another unsuspecting mistress.  These 3 women get together and plot a sweet revenge that has the audience cheering them on.  Don Johnson, Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Kinney round out the supporting cast that contributed to the success of this movie.  I highly recommend The Other Woman, it’s very funny and very entertaining.