KNIVES OUT takes a brisk pace with its cinematic legerdemain as its cast expertly calibrate their performances so that arch never strays into the certain disaster of becoming artificial. The result is a giddily entertaining, emotionally engaging film that sets a new standard for its genre, and, if there is any justice, will launch the Benoit Blanc franchise.
The splendid Betty White can never be more appreciated than for her work in YOU AGAIN. Not because it is a clever film that provides a suitable framework for her exceptional comedic talents, but rather because those self-same talents provide such a blessed respite from the wretched mess in which she finds herself. White, ignoring… Read More »
CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS, based on the novel by John Grisham, is a singularly mirthless experience that could easily drain the last drop of holiday cheer from old St. Nick himself. Billing itself as a comedy, it lacks any of the requisite components to actually be one. There is no satirical edge, there is no… Read More »