Will Netflix, Amazon or Apple Pay $400 million plus for two Knives Out Sequels?

Knives Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This past week I missed this rumor from Deadline that Netflix, Amazon and Apple are in a bidding war over two Knives Out sequels, with Netflix looking to edge the competition out — to the tune of $400+ million.

Netflix is closing in on a deal to make two sequels to the 2019 hit whodunit Knives Out, which Rian Johnson will direct with Daniel Craig reprising his role as super sleuth Benoit Blanc. Johnson, who wrote the original, has written the sequels and is producing with partner Ram Bergman. Sources said the deal will be worth north of $400 million, making it one of the biggest streamer movie deals in history.

Netflix Two Knives Out Sequels $400 million plus deal; Daniel Craig Rian Johnson – Deadline

Wow. $400 million?!?! for two sequels? We’re going to the school of James Cameron budget bloated sequel mania here — for streaming channels?.

Readers already know what we think of (not all) $100 million+ budget movies (see: $100+ Million Movie Budgets Are Stupid) — and that’s for theatrical release, but $200 million for streaming reaches a new level of absurdity. Especially sequels. It’s not like we’re talking about the sequel to Star Wars, Knives Out was a fun, entertaining movie, but this deal if it goes through is more than the first movie grossed. Seriously?

Good for Rian Johnson, I suppose. Bad potentially for Netflix subscribers that almost certainly will see another increase in the monthly subscription price (see: Will Netflix Price Itself Out Of The Streaming Market?). The more they spend on content, the more we’ll pay to view it. I like Netflix, but at some point they will price themselves out of our household. Is that when they push past $20/month? $25? $30? We’re getting there….

Do you like this deal? Or do you think this is kind of crazy? It’s not a 100% done deal and for that reason maybe this is floating out there for public sentiment. No, I say. I don’t want to see Knives Out 2 and 3 so bad that Netflix overspends for it. Do you?

35+ More Knives Out Reviews – and Sweaters!

This movie prop would be a great place to show off your sweater …

Sweaters made me laugh this morning. Man, who would think a trending Twitter hashtag involving the movie Knives Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and sweaters would ever be united. It’s true.

It all started a couple days ago when video essayist Patrick Willems started the #KnivesOutChallenge. This challenge wasn’t anything complicated or even silly as so many internet “challenges” are. This one was something anybody could do. Simply post a picture of yourself wearing a sweater.

The Internet Is Having A Field Day Celebrating Knives Out With… Sweaters

We can thank Captain America’s Chris Evans for looking too good in a sweater. He’s the source of this tomfoolery.

Must admit it matches the jovial atmosphere of the film.

Theaters Can Be Cold — A More Practical Purpose for Sweaters

I should start wearing a sweater more often in the theater, but not because I’m following this silly sweater meme, because it gets freaking cold with the AC pouring in inside the theater. On numerous occasions, I’ve shivered during a movie. We usually bring a blanket. I can understand a chilly theater in the searing summer months, but not in winter.

Reviews by Others

The reviews are still trickling in for Knives Out. It’s #2 at the box office behind Frozen II ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Did I miss your review? Please use the comments to tell me about your movie-related/review blog and I’ll follow. I’m looking for more movie-related blogs. Yes, even those who disagree with my reviews. If one lives in a bubble of only reading those with similar tastes, great movies can be missed.

  1. All things Movies UK: “The best thing about Knives Out is just how original it is. Sure, it follows a similar beat to the well explored ‘whodunit’ genre, but the film ultimately does it in an intriguing fashion,  keeping you guessing along the way. Shot well and sporting a perfect cast, this is a film determined to sweep away the winter blues!”
  2. bad critique: “…a film about how extreme wealth emotionally cripples and corrupts people.”
  3. Cinema and silliness: “…a pastiche of a very particular genre, but it’s an incredibly slick pastiche and the entertainment value of the film comes from its willingness to be playful, as well as sincere (when it needs to be). Despite being subversive in so many ways, Knives Out still ends up confirming to some murder mystery tropes. Yet, even then, it does so with a nod and a wink. Agatha Christie would approve.”
  4. Cinema Clown: “…one of the sharpest, smartest & slickest examples of its genre that presents Rian Johnson at the top of his game, for he is aware that the viewers like playing detective when it comes to whodunnit stories, and so he devises his modern take in ways that finds new means to pull the rug off our feet, defy our expectations and surprise us every now n then.”
  5. Cinephils Amigo: “A sharp, detailed, well written and engaging murder mystery”
  6. Daniel Robinson: From Reel to Reel (5/5): ” Deliriously good fun, modern and punchy with hilarious wit and intriguing twists, it demonstrates that Rian Johnson can handle a cast and a story like very few can. Bravo Johnson, Bravo.”
  7. Drew’s Movie Reviews: “Your classic whodunit script gets a twist and you won’t want to take your eyes off of the screen. The well-written script and excellent cast make Knives Out a thrilling ride from start to finish.”
  8. Dudefood / Old Dude: “…good entertainment and value for the money. It is funny, clever and till the end interesting.”
  9. Dylan and his Blog: “…is for sure one of my favorite movies of the year! I’m a big fan of mystery movies and I’ve always liked the concept of whodunit movies, but I’ve never been able to find one that I was really into until this one. Knives Out is sure to be one of those movies that you watch more than once because you want to look for any details you might have missed, but also because it’s just a really great movie!”
  10. Fast Film Reviews: (3.5/5) “Rian Johnson is keen on undermining expectations.  He deconstructs the whodunit in a way that plays with convention.  It’s not just about who did it, but also why and how.  These tidbits are revealed in a way that feels like the script is oh-so-very pleased with itself.  It’s snarky and knowing.”
  11. Gordon’s Culture Critiques: “An attempt to update this creaky Agatha Christie genre becomes repetitive. The abrupt tone changes aren’t justified. Homages to Hitchcock and Columbo can be appreciated in small doses but not over two hours.”
  12. Jarrid Gunn: “I had an absolute blast with this movie. I found that the murder mystery and ‘whodunit’ genre complemented Johnson’s style perfectly. His use of witty dialogue and comedy was well placed in the movie, which was backed up with some fantastic performances from a great ensemble of cast members.”
  13. Joe Peden / I see a Lot of Films: “…it’s a well-executed murder mystery which pays its respects to its influences with varying levels of subtlety and with a pace and intricacy that Jonson’s pal Edgar Wright would be proud of. There’s huge fun to be had, with Easter eggs and twists abound”
  14. Katie at the Movies (4/5): “Johnson’s movie lures in the audience with its crowd-pleasing antics, but ultimately punches us in the gut with a message that he wants to make sure we all hear.  It isn’t perfect, but it’s a lot of fun, and I think it’s the rare mystery that the audience will actually be able to gain more from in future viewings—even knowing how it ends.”
  15. Keith & The Movies (4/5): “…slaps a fresh coat of paint on the Agatha Christie murder-mystery in a way that could (and should) attract a new kind of audience. It’s a blast of a throwback film that embraces the basic tenets of the whodunit genre and then turns them on their heads.”
  16. Lucas O’Connor / The Drama King (9/10): “…great dialogue, visual style and relatable characters. Knives Out is a really funny, entertaining and enjoyable experience that shows what a great genre the whodunnit is and how much fun it can be. I would highly recommend Knives Out”
  17. Movies Unchained: “This film would not have worked had it not been for the perfect symbiosis of the many elements that made it a success – the cast, the script, the visuals and the guiding hand of a director who proves himself to be far more talented than those who dismiss him for his franchise work will account for. Perhaps one of the most unexpectedly great films of the year, Knives Out is simply not to be missed.”
  18. Mr. Movies (Grade: A-): ” walks a delicate tonal tightrope, and succeeds immensely thanks to fantastic direction, a great script filled with hilarious moments, excellent performances and technical elements, and another great score from Rian Johnson’s own cousin Nathan Johnson. You need to see Knives Out right now and take as many people as you can!”
  19. No But Listen: “Juggling genres, playing with amazing character actors, and laying on his dry sense of humour as thick as the script will allow it – this is Johnson at his best. And I can’t reccommend it enough.”
  20. notlefthandedfilmguy: “…it is definitely clever and intricately put together. Here’s the thing though; anyone that aims to take on Agatha Christie at her own game is simply not going to win. Johnson has made a really good effort but he just can’t compare to the master. The best whodunnits, and pretty much all of Christie’s work, have that wow moment.”
  21. No More Workhorse: “This is brilliantly plotted and will leave you guessing until the end. Extremely entertaining and intriguing it manages to put a classic twist on the murder mystery genre – something that I didn’t think it was possible to reinvent. Thoroughly enjoyable, this is one of the cleverest movies I’ve seen this year.”
  22. Often Off Topic: “I’ve been waiting for this movie for months. If you know me, you know I love a murder mystery, and I feel like Rian Johnson knew that and directed it just for me. I’ve only ever read one Agatha Christie novel (it was tough) but if you’re a fan this is definitely the movie for you.”
  23. Phil The Bear’s Film Reviews: “And if all the murder mystery self reverential references aren’t enough it does have a very clever actual murder mystery at its core. Where the solution actually feels organic to the absurd situation and one that I suspect on further watches will present more clues to the outcome.”
  24. Puzzle Doctor: “There is a problem with billing the film as a whodunit. The first major plot twist changes the direction of the film completely, making it possibly into a different sort of film.”
  25. Ramblings of a Supposed Writer: “Overall Knives Out was an amazing film and a brilliantly clever mystery. “
  26. Rock at the Movies (8/10): “Whatever grudges you may have had against Johnson for The Last Jedi should be freshly bowled over because Knives Out is a smartly entertaining film that is capping of a rather great year in film. Impressive stuff.”
  27. Screen Addict Reviews (9/10): “A mystery wrapped up in truth, hidden behind lies and shrouded darkness. This was one of the best movies I have seen all year.”
  28. Seeds for Autism: “I give this film an A+. it will be one of my favorite murder mystery films along with Clue and Murder on the Orient Express”
  29. shortfilmreviews: “…a fantastic revival of a classic genre, delivered with real care, attention to detail and a sense of fun, each of the stellar cast delivers exactly the performance you want and it gave me one of my most enjoyable cinema trips of the year.”
  30. Stan the Man Reviews (5/5): “Johnson knows how to balance the humorous with the mysterious as discovering the identity of the killer is always at the forefront, even when the audience thinks they know who’s responsible. As with all good murder mysteries, you don’t know until you really, really know. And you won’t know until Rian Johnson is ready to tell you.”
  31. Stories for Coffee: “While I understand that this Whodunnit doesn’t take itself too seriously considering there are a lot of humorous moments woven into the seriousness of the story’s setting, I wasn’t compelled by the direction the story took and wish we could have seen more scenes with the supporting characters whose personalities were so loud and absurd. “
  32. The Biased Reviewer (8.5/10): “I thoroughly enjoyed this film. As to be expected, it had plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing. The acting was fantastic, I don’t think there was a single person miscast in their roles. It’ll definitely be added to the forever growing list of classics I’ll re-watch in the years to come.”
  33. The Practical Fanciful Pagan: “I’m not sure if there is enough there for Millennials to connect with, though one particularly mindful and well-educated associate of mine, aged twenty-seven, did enjoy the movie. In any case, I certainly did.”
  34. TK Theater Production: “…a great film that had many twists and turns that will get one guessing as it ran. Everyone did a great performance, the cinematography was really good, and it was a nice new take on the genre as a whole. This was something that one should definitely check out.”
  35. Wannabe Movie Critic (88/100): “It’s just a crap load of fun at the movies, you’ll be entertained the entire time, and it keeps you guessing the entire time, I thought I knew what was up within 10 minutes, I was so wrong. Just go see this movie so we can get more like it will ya.”
  36. We’ve Got Back Issues: “An utter hoot from start to finish (the final cracking of the case, despite basically involving people standing around and talking, is as exhilarating as any car chase) and very, VERY funny, Knives Out is just as sharp as it title implies.”

Have you seen Knives Out yet? Did you wear a sweater? If not, and you’re on Twitter, are you planning on joining in on the Twitter fun?

25+ Knives Out Reviews – the Massachusetts Mansion Used in Other Films

By now you’ve probably heard about, maybe even seen …

Knives Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

If you haven’t seen it, then this is our film critique post and it contains SPOILERS. So instead of spoiling the film for your first watch, especially this one that is a mystery, you should come back here after you’ve seen the film, and read what others are saying, including yours truly.

… you have been warned … SPOILERS past here …

Primarily One Setting

This isn’t a criticism, necessarily, but it does make films more boring for some people. Plays obviously are the best place for one primary setting, not films, where the camera can — and probably should — take us many places.

For me? Because it was a mystery, I didn’t really care if we left “the scene of the crime” that much, also the mansion where it was filmed, a real location known as Ames Mansion, is a gorgeous backdrop:

“Knives Out” location manager Charlie Harrington knew the Ames Mansion would be a great spot for filming, having previously used the building — and even the exact room in it — to film the 2016 “Ghostbusters” reboot. He and crews spent a large portion of production time in that one room, a library in the Ames Mansion

The story behind the Massachusetts mansion in ‘Knives Out’ | Boston.com

Daniel Craig’s Accent

I wasn’t feeling Daniel Craig’s accent in this film. It seemed forced and funny, not authentic. Maybe Rian Johnson should have had him play it more straight, without such emphasis. His accent wasn’t so bad that it took me out of the film, but it was a bit on the corny side. Luckily, it fits the mood of the film which is lighthearted.

The Reveal isn’t A Huge Shock/Twist

The reveal is usually the best part of the mystery. The part where you go, oh, man, I should have seen that! I didn’t get that very much with this film. It wasn’t predictable, it was a bit on the cheap (a little too rapid-fire with the exposition). So, I took away some in my rating for this.

Limited Rewatch Potential

Mysteries, by their inherent design, unfortunately, are not as rewatchable as other movie genres. This criticism had no impact on my rating, but the fun of watching a mystery — at least for me — is greatly reduced once I’ve seen the huge reveal. Do you find yourself rewatching any straight-up mysteries?

Summary

I love a good mystery and while this wasn’t the greatest mystery ever, it’s a good one. The script is solid. The twist and reveal isn’t a total shocker, as mentioned above, but it’s good enough to fit the rest of the film.

Reviews by Others

Let’s see, so far, what other moviegoers think of Knives Out.

Did I miss your review? Use the comments to tell me about your movie-related/review blog and I’ll follow. I enjoy following movie-related blogs. Yes, even those who disagree with my reviews and vice versa.

Recommended

  1. Reely Bernie (4/5): “Rian Johnson provides enough eccentric character development and guessing to keep any average moviegoer entertained for two hours. The final reveal isn’t a cop-out, there’s a satisfying resolve, and the humor is properly placed between the action.”
  2. Alex Wiggan: “It is the perfect way to spend a couple of hours and it is a breath of fresh air in an endless sea of reboots, sequels, and badly marketed films.”
  3. Jonathon Gibbs: “….Johnson’s brilliantly contrived screenplay, which is a masterclass not just in mystery plotting – intricate enough to keep you guessing, and simple enough to make sense as flashback after flashback sends you zipping backwards and forwards in time – but in the logical construction of the central character’s emotional arc.”
  4. Jordan Dodd: “…is hilarious, knee-slapping and almost tear inducing at times. This is the funniest, and most fun, film of the year. And it’s about a man’s death!”
  5. Griff’s Picks (Grade: A-): “Rian Johnson hasn’t just delivered an old-school whodunnit but a complex puzzle-box, a mystery so engrossing and fiendishly well-engineered that its modern touches and themes are all the more satisfying.”
  6. CJ / Film Mafia (4.5/5): “…is super satisfying. It’s funny, the mystery plot really works, and it also has something to say, which it does with enjoyably righteous anger. Go for the production design and the plot, leave being blown away by De Armas and, once again, Johnson, one of America’s finest. This might be his best film; it’s one of 2019’s most entertaining.”
  7. M & M at the Movies: “Rian Johnson knows how to keep “Knives Out” amusingly interesting with a curiosity that does not stop.”
  8. Charlie Chat (8/10): “…the films conclusion was a complete surprise, which was told in such a clever, and sometimes hilarious way. Brilliant watch that I would recommend to all who enjoy a murder mystery”
  9. Tony Cogan / Coogs Reviews (4.5/5): “Rian Johnson has crafted a great murder mystery, one that has a great deal of charm and fun, aided by an excellent script and a game cast that, whilst not all utilised effectively, are a lot of fun.”
  10. Ben Warner: “Performances and writing blend together perfectly to create a satisfying and thrilling whodunnit. There is not a word to describe the fun and enjoyable nature of this film.”
  11. Sara C / Little Movie Reviews (Grade: A): “…some of the most fun you will have at the movies this year. It would be a disservice to yourself if you didn’t run out and see it immediately. With outstanding performances from the cast, and stunning direction from Johnson, this entertaining film will have you guessing whodunit, until the very end.”
  12. Louisa / Screen Zealots (3.5/5): “Ultimately the film is not as clever as it thinks it is, and it’s a bit of a letdown when the big reveal and twist is finally exposed. But the crowd-pleasing “Knives Out” is entertaining if not entirely satisfying.”
  13. Darren Lucas/Movie Reviews 101 (4/5): “This is a quirky joyful comedy that leaves you guessing to the truth with performances that shine throughout the film.”
  14. Matt Brunson/FILM FRENZY (3.5/4): “…those who like their crime sagas to end like any given episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (i.e. the last-minute reveal of the culprit) might initially be disappointed with this picture’s narrative swerves. But any sorrow is quickly replaced with jubilation, as it soon becomes clear that Johnson has more than one mystery up his sleeve. And there to piece together the puzzle and crack the case is Benoit Blanc: erudite, excitable, and armed with a license to thrill.”
  15. Myron Dafoe III (5/5): “…has received rave reviews for good reason. Besides being star studded with the likes of Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, and Chris Evans to just name a few, the story is solid and encapsulating.”
  16. Ethan Jones / Film Scribe: “It’s a classic whodunit (think Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot) with a modern twist (think references to immigration and an internet troll for a character) and very comedic, though not to the extent of insincerity or farce, tongue-in-cheek tone. Furthermore, it’s also delightful.”
  17. Chicken of Tomorrow: “Rian Johnson has shown extraordinary daring in releasing a whodunnit in this era of snarky internet know-it-alls — a demographic with which he has an abundance of experience. That he has single-handedly written a tight, smart, funny script with a large, illustrious cast and managed to bundle it all together using striking visuals and deft filmcraft is truly something to admire.”
  18. Bryan Caron/Chaos Breeds Chaos (Grade: A): “…plays like a murder mystery written by someone toying with a group of people they utterly dislike. Harlan wants nothing more than to ween his children off the teat of his success so as to build their own empires as he once did; the only way to do that is play one last devilish game with the lot of them, making for one enjoyable ride through the bowels of entitlement culture.”
  19. nathanzoebl (Grade: B+): “…a fun experience and further proof that when Rian Johnson really sets his mind on a certain genre, good and clever entertainments sprout. I want this man to tell the stories that excite him because there are still many more genres that could use the Rian Johnson stamp.”
  20. Tom E/Plain, Simple Reviews (4/5): “A stylish, entertaining and modern “whodunnit” with a coherent and intelligent script, accomplished direction, colourful characters, and a fun cast.”
  21. Kieron Towend (4/5): “The sheer amount of plot developments and continuous twists may leave some viewers scratching their heads at what is going on, but Rian Johnson keeps things flowing with handy narratives from Craig’s Kentucky Fried detective and a script so inventive and fun that it becomes easier to simply sit back and enjoy the ride.”
  22. Franz Patrick (4/4): “The intelligently written and thoroughly entertaining “Knives Out” never betrays the audience despite numerous high-stake left turns. It invites the viewers to look closely, to recognize possible red herrings, to understand how characters think and predict how they might respond.”
  23. Brad / ahsweetmysterblog: “….a modern whodunit! Even more tantalizing is the fact that it offers a totally original story enshrined in the modern world while at the same time it embodies the tropes of classic detective fiction.”
  24. Lifestyled by Lucy: “…utilises the format of the childhood boardgame, Clue, and a “whodunnit” plotline to skillfully demonstrate that even in a smaller-scale murder, selfish ulterior motives are inevitable and drive conflict.”
  25. Jordan & Eddie / The Movie Guys (3.5/5): “…a well-played whodunit and while the film doesn’t quite stick the landing, there’s much to enjoy leading up to it thanks to some great central turns and whip smart script work.”

Not Recommended (or on the fence/unclear)

  1. I’m Right Reviews: “…the mystery of this murder mystery is lacking in execution, Knives Out is still an entertaining movie. It functions far better as a comedy, like Clue if Clue took itself more seriously.”
  2. The Dreher Report: “I would surmise that Knives Out is a filmic lesson in expectations held by those who have trust funds pending or a rich relative who has been maintaining familial lifestyles with an allowance, or those who are in line to inherit anything.
  3. PopCult: “…writer-director Rian Johnson has cleverly managed to subvert our expectations and tell the story he’s interested by dressing it up in the tropes and formulas in this genre.”
  4. The Blog of Nerdzilla: “The best detective stories use twists well. You shouldn’t figure them out on the first go but in the typical ‘detective lays out all the evidence’ scene you should be kicking yourself for NOT figuring it out. This movie doesn’t understand that.”

Your turn. Let’s discuss Knives Out. Do you agree/disagree with my criticism? What did you like and dislike, if anything, about the film?

NOW PLAYING REVIEWS: Knives Out, Queen and Slim, The Irishman

With Thanksgiving and all wide screenings already opening, we’re getting this out much earlier than normal this week. Yay!

Here are what we recommend seeing that opened this 11-27-2019 holiday weekend #48 at the movies. All wide releases were seen, rated and reviewed with links on the movie titles below.

#1 is …

The Irishman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wait, you say, “but that’s not in the theaters?” No, it’s on Netflix, but it’s the best new movie available wide this week to see. This isn’t a vote for nostalgia, the last third of this film is a thing of beauty.

This is just a little bit better than #2, which can be seen in the theater. If The Irishman was showing in the theater it would be raking it in at the box office. This movie is worth getting Netflix, if only for a one month subscription. It will be about the same price as buying a ticket in the theater. If you already have Netflix, good news, just boot that badboy up and hit play!

Knives Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A callback to the old school whodunit featuring a cast of smarmy rich people wanting a piece of inheritance and most with some kind of murder motive. Daniel Craig (James Bond!) plays the mastermind detective who must figure it out and finger the culprit. And no, it’s not the butler who did it.

Our just left the theater reaction to Knives Out (no spoilers)

Queen & Slim ⭐️⭐️½ 

Erase the whole bogus comparison to Bonnie & Clyde and wait for this one to come to streaming, if you want to see it at all. There is potential here, but mostly squandered.

Want to see what else we recommend NOW PLAYING at the theater?

Here are other movies we’ve seen at the theater recently (maybe they are available in your area still) that are recommended. Any movie we rate at least 3-stars is recommended. You should read any 3-star review (click the title), because sometimes we do qualify those recommendations, meaning we were entertained, but it doesn’t mean that it was necessarily that good. 4-star movies are highly recommended and films we rate as 4 1/2 or 5 stars are must see.

  1. Doctor Sleep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Ford v Ferrari ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ScreenX
  3. The Irishman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Netflix)
  4. Harriet ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Knives Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. The Good Liar ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  8. Motherless Brooklyn ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  9. Jojo Rabbit ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  10. Last Christmas ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  11. Frozen II ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  12. Parasite ⭐️⭐️⭐️

There is one movie, Dark Waters, that is limited opening and screening in our area that we haven’t seen yet. This film looks similar story-wise to Erin Brockovich only instead of Julia Roberts as the lawyer’s assistant, it’s a pudgier looking Mark Ruffalo as an attorney fighting the behemoth corporation. Stay tuned for this review this to come before the weekend is out.

Opening 11-27-2019 in Theaters: Knives Out, Queen and Slim

Yay, it is Wednesday (Tuesday night late, actually, but I’m all screwed up by the holiday week, keep reading) and that means it’s time for another opening week of new movies opening in theaters starting tomorrow. Every Wednesday the wide releases are profiled in a post here and we make plans to see them ASAP. On Saturdays usually (sometimes Sunday) I’ll make a NOW PLAYING REVIEWS post with reviews of the films with recommendations or not. Try to get this posted in time to make a decision so readers will know which movie we think is best for a Saturday night date.

This week is a bit unusual in that we’ve already seen one of the wide releases and it’s getting rave critic reviews. If you like mysteries then make plans to see …

Knives Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – we saw the advanced screening of this whodunit last weekend starring Daniel Craig as the detective and a curious and engaging cast of suspects. In our area this has showings 11/26 and 11/27 as well.

Unfortunately, once you’ve seen a good mystery and know the ending, the desire to rewatch the film is much less. The anticipation score below is to rewatch this movie again, not what I would have rated it before seeing it for the first time. Those of you seeing it for the first time, have fun!

Anticipation: 4/10

Queen & Slim

I’m curious why these two turned a routine traffic stop gone bad into running away from the police. One of the characters in the trailer compared them to Bonnie and Clyde, see our detailed FIRST LOOK, which makes even less sense to me, but does increase my anticipation for seeing the film. So, maybe it was a successful strategy. This has matinee showings starting Wednesday 11/27.

Anticipation: 5/10

Last week I mentioned that Dark Waters had opened limited in some theaters. It is showing starting 11/27 in our area as well. So, looking forward to seeing these three movies this week.

ANTICIPATION for Week of 11/27/19 MOVIES

How much on scale of 1-10 anticipating the 11-27-2019 movies?

  1. Queen & Slim – 5/10
  2. Knives Out – 4/10
  3. Dark Waters – 4/10

Are there screenings in our area to see these movies?

All three are wide screenings and available in our area, so the plan is to see all of them.

NOW PLAYING REVIEWS: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Frozen II, 21 Bridges

Want to know what we recommend seeing that opened this 11-22-2019 weekend #47 at the movies? All wide releases were seen, rated and reviewed with links on the movie titles below.

This weekend #1 is …

Knives Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

… which you can see advanced screening and should, but our wide release favorite this weekend is …

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Enjoyed this. Only wish was it would have had the main narrative be on Mister Rogers because, after all, it was portrayed as a movie about Fred Rogers but Tom Hanks is brilliant.

Frozen II ⭐️⭐️⭐️

A little too earthy and more complicated for children (and some adults lol) story compared to the first. The songs, which were a huge strength for the first one, are not as good here either.

Frozen II doesn’t have the warmth and friendliness and music of the original

There are worse movies that you could take your children to go see.

21 Bridges ⭐️½

Read and/or watch the review, but can’t say much good about this one. Ok, maybe the last 21 minutes or so are … OK.

21 Bridges to the exit … I was hoping!

Want to see what else we recommend NOW PLAYING at the theater?

Here are other movies we’ve seen at the theater recently (maybe they are available in your area still) that are recommended. Any movie we rate at least 3-stars is recommended. You should read any 3-star review (click the title), because sometimes we do qualify those recommendations, meaning we were entertained, but it doesn’t mean that it was necessarily that good. 4-star movies are highly recommended and films we rate as 4 1/2 or 5 stars are must see.

  1. Doctor Sleep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Ford v Ferrari ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ScreenX
  3. Harriet ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Knives Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (advanced screening 11/22 and 11/23)
  5. The Good Liar ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  7. The Lighthouse ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  8. Motherless Brooklyn ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  9. Last Christmas ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  10. Parasite ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  11. Black and Blue ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  12. Zombieland: Double Tap ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Knives Out Early Access Screening One Week Early

Knives Out – the whodunit starring James Bond’s Daniel Craig as a modern sleuth has early access screenings in some areas (yay! ours is one of them)

Might want to check your favorite theater “coming soon” area because Knives Out is having some early access advanced screenings a week earlier than the opening date of 11/27, Thanksgiving 2019 weekend.

And yes, they are open to anybody wanting to pay the ticket price, they aren’t reserved for media or critics only.

See the text under the movie cover art for Knives Out, it says: “Early Access Screening”

This film Kara is emphatically wanting to see. We both enjoy good looking mysteries. The trailer has really cooked this one up as something that smells good:

As long as they avoid having it be “the butler did it” I’m so there!

Sheepishly I roamed out there a bit looking for others sharing previews and/or posts like this, but because this was part of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) a lot of the blogs and sources I use for news have already published reviews. Caught headlines only and most have appeared positive.

Are you planning on seeing this in the theater, waiting for it on streaming or unsure if you want to see at all?