Director: Rian Johnson
Stars: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Christopher Plummer
Studio: Lionsgate

Most movies have what I like to call a “recommend moment.” It can be a scene or even just a line, that when asked by a friend for a thumbs up or down, you can give them your own little trailer. Knives Out doesn’t have one of these moments, but that’s only because the entire movie is one. Honestly, how could it not be? Boasting one of the greatest ensembles in recent memory, director Rian Johnson puts every cast member to work in unraveling his masterfully crafted script. Witty shenanigans, hilarious personalities, and some of the best dialogue of the year are pulled off to perfection by every actor present. But don’t be mistaken, this is no mere performance piece for the cast to cut their teeth on. Tightly contained to a few set locations, Knives Out is a pressure cooker of suspense, never squandering a moment in building its Agatha Christie-style mystery. The second you think you have it figured, it twists and turns, upping the stakes to keep you guessing the entire ride through, and desperate to find out whodunit. —Nate Houston

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