Starring: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Christopher Plummer.
The new film by writer-director Rian Johnson ("Brick," "Looper," "Star Wars: The Last Jedi") is a darkly comic, deliciously nasty murder mystery - the love child of Agatha Christie and David Mamet - about the greedy heirs of a recently deceased mystery writer (Plummer). His death is being investigated as a possible murder by a private detective, played by Craig, who adopts a Southern accent halfway between Foghorn Leghorn and Colonel Sanders. For fans of old-school murder mystery, a genre that has fallen into disfavor, this contemporary take - part parody, part loving homage - is a treat. (Nov. 27, PG-13)