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‘Knives Out’ builds a smart, funny mystery

Knives Out

Brian Lang, Film Critic

December 3, 2019

A murder in an ornate mansion, contentious heirs gathering for a funeral, and an off-kilter detective looking for answers. Rian Johnson’s newest blockbuster “Knives Out” sounds like the setup for a game of “Clue,” but its mystery can’t be solved by the powers of deduction alone. When aut...

‘A Simple Favor’, a glossy, twisted, thriller

Brian Lang, Film Critic

September 26, 2018

Stephanie is a ditzy, insecure, single-mom vlogger who is over-involved at her son’s school. Emily is a powerful PR director a fashion company who dulls the pain of suburban life with strong chilled martinis. When their paths cross a fast friendship ensues, but it’s only when Emily asks her new fr...

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