KNIVES OUT – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 10 mins.


“A Modern Day, yet classic “Who Done It” you don’t want to miss! – Kathy Kaiser,

KNIVES OUT – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 10 mins.

DIRECTOR & WRITER:  Rian Johnson

STARRING:  Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Ana De Armas and Toni Collette

Do you love mysteries?  Do you love suspense?  Do you love the game CLUE? Well. If you said yes to any of these questions, then let’s travel to home of renowned Crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), who has just celebrated his 85th Birthday with the entire family in attendance, and who has now been found dead at his estate…

Enter Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), who has somehow been summoned to investigate Thrombey’s mysterious demise.  Now as Blanc starts his intense investigation, a who’s who of “who done it”, is about to unfold…

I give KNIVES OUT a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!  Exhilaratingly fun the whole way through, Knives Out is one of those films that keeps you intrigued more, and more through each passing frame.  Daniel Craig is fabulous, as the sleuth on a mission to uncover who was the culprit behind Harlan Thrombey’s untimely demise, and it’s so awesome to0, to see him in another role than 007.  Chris Evans is superb throughout this film too, although he doesn’t get quite as much screen time as I would have liked along the way, what time he does get is sheer perfection,  without any Captain America flashbacks either along the way! And talk about a star-studded cast – from Jamie Lee Curtis as the “perfect daughter”, to Don Johnson playing her POS husband, to Michael Shannon filling in quite nicely as the “Chosen Son”, with way too much pressure coming at him from every direction, Knives Out is one of those impeccably crafted films that everyone above the age of 12 should venture out to see this Thanksgiving Holiday!  Kudos to Writer and Director Rian Johnson too, as she has managed to create a modern-day murder mystery classic, that is just as funny, as it is dramatic.  And I have to give a shout out too to the fabulous marketing team for this film too, as those commercials on knives featuring Martha Stewart and Jamie Lee Curtis, is some of the best “out of the box” film marketing I’ve seen in quite some time!  So gather the family and head out to catch Knives Out at some point this Thanksgiving holiday,  as it will totally help you to avoid that awkward family drama you know is coming, and those political discussions at nauseum too, making for one extremely enjoyable Thanksgiving that whole family won;t mind remembering, come next year!

Review of THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS – Rated PG – 1 hr 44 mins 

The man who invented Christmas


Starring Christopher Plummer, Dan Stevens, Jonathan Pryce, Justin Edwards, Donald Sumpter and Mordydd Clark 

Based on the book by Les Standiford and brought to the big screen by Director Bharat Nalluri,  we enter the very enchanted, yet real-life tale of storyteller extraordinaire, Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens), who has apparently hit severe writers block since traveling the world promoting his creative genius, OLIVER TWIST.

In dire financial straits, even with all the monies he accrued through his latest bestseller, it seems that Charles and his friend and comrade John Forster (Justin Edwards), are grasping at straws for ways to keep the banks at bay…until Charles gets inspired to pen his next masterpiece!

When the creative juices finally start flowing, Charles decides to not only get to writing, but has promised his investors that he will write a tale about Christmas within 6 weeks. Seeing his characters come to life before his very eyes, Charles develops characters throughout his book – Ebenezer Scrooge(Christopher Plummer), Marley, even Tiny Tim, from people he actually knows throughout this community, and family too.

As Charles struggles to create his next masterpiece for delivery before he insists no one must disturb his creative juices, not even his children, or his very patient and accepting wife Kate (Mordydd Clark).

With time a ticking, and his characters not always cooperating in his head, Dickens finds that telling his masterful ghostly tale explaining the struggle between prosperity and poverty…and the importance of living in the spirit of Christmas every day…has to be completed as promised, before he, and his entire family find themselves destined for the poor house themselves…

I give THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD OR NETFLIX: Having loved this tale of Christmas’s past, present and future for years, I was hoping to really enjoy this real-life tale of how Charles Dickens produced one of the most widely known Christmas stories of the 20th century – and in only 6 weeks. But sadly, I was disappointed by what ended up being portrayed on the big screen. Stevens is good as the charismatic, and creatively crazy Charles Dickens. And Plummer is good as well, playing the vial, humbugish miser himself, Ebenezer Scrooge. And the rest of this cast is slightly better than average too in their respective roles. So why the less than perfect review??? Because I found myself less than enchanted with this particular film, as at times I wished there was significantly more cohesiveness, and a lot less lunacy going on. I also felt that there were points throughout this film when the premise and storyline began to wane excessively too, as you find yourself waiting for Dickens to come down out of the trees, so he can focus and finish his ultimate masterpiece!!

Kathy Kaiser