New to theaters: 'Knives Out' mystery film hits theaters this weekend


Daniel Craig, LaKeith Stanfield and Noah Segan in “Knives Out.”

In Agatha Christie style, “Knives Out” gives mystery lovers something to sink their teeth into at theaters this weekend.

According to the production company, when renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer, “The Sound of Music” and “A Beautiful Mind”) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig, “Casino Royale” and “Skyfall”) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate.

Blanc has to sift through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.

Other cast members include: Chris Evans (“Captain America” and “Fantastic Four”), Ana de Armas (“No Time to Die” and “Bladerunner 2049”), Jamie Lee Curtis (“Halloween” and “Freaky Friday”), Toni Collette (“Hereditary” and “Little Miss Sunshine”), Don Johnson (“Miami Vice” and “Django Unchained”), Michael Shannon (“The Shape of Water” and “99 Homes”), LaKeith Stanfield (“Selma” and “Sorry to Brother You”), Katherine Langford (“Love, Simon” and “13 Reasons Why”) and Jaeden Martell (“It” and “The Book of Henry”).

The film has a whopping 97 percent critic approval rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes.

“’Knives Out’ sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson’s stellar ensemble,” said the critics’ consensus on the website.

The film is rated PG-13 for thematic elements including brief violence, some strong language, sexual references, and drug material.

Other films releasing to theaters this weekend include:

n “Queen & Slim,” directed by Melina Matsoukas and starring Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine and Chloe Sevigny. While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man and a black woman are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run.

The film is rated R for violence, some strong sexuality, nudity, pervasive language, and brief drug use.

n “Almost Home,” directed by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen and starring Hannah Marks, Niko Guardado and Max Burkholder. A teenage girl flees abuse at home to join a strong but troubled young woman that’s been living on the streets. She joins a de facto family of other homeless youth struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles.

The film is not yet rated.

The synopsis for each film is taken from the website Rotten Tomatoes.

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