Knives Out (12A)



Thriller (2019)
130mins US

Starring: Chris Evans, Toni Collette, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Lakeith Stanfield, Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Michael Shannon
Director: Rian Johnson
Writer(s): Rian Johnson
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Wealthy crime novelist Harlan Thrombey presides over a large, dysfunctional family including his daughter Linda and son Walter, Linda's husband Richard, widowed daughter-in-law Joni and grandchildren Ransom, Megan and Jacob. The old man invites his kin to his large mansion for an 85th birthday party but festivities are cut short by arguments and recriminations. That night, after doting carer Marta Cabrera has given the novelist his medication, Harlan apparently commits suicide.

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Knives Out (12A)

After the creative misstep of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, writer-director Rian Johnson returns to the detective genre, which served him well for his award-winning 2005 debut feature Brick, to pay loving tribute to Agatha Christie with a tongue-in-cheek country house whodunit. Knives Out assembles a starry cast of prime suspects including Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette and Michael Shannon and cleverly conceals the murderer's identity until a classic final act revelation...

Knives Out. Copyright: 2018 MRC II Distribution Company LP. Caption: Jamie Lee Curtis as Linda Drysdale, Christopher Plummer as Harlan Thrombey, Don Johnson as Richard Drysdale, Michael Shannon as Walter Thrombey and Jaeden Martell as Jacob Thrombey in Knives Out, directed by Rian Johnson. Photo: Claire Folger. All Rights Reserved.Johnson's script lovingly embraces the tropes of a murder mystery while fishing for red herrings, assembling the accused in a wood-panelled drawing room for a private detective's pithy summation replete with overlapping flashbacks. Curiously, the film's weakest link is the brilliant mind in charge of the case: a dashingly tailored sleuth played by Daniel Craig with a hammy accent fried in the same Deep South swamp as Steven Soderbergh's 2017 caper Lucky Logan, in which Craig played a heavily tattooed convict. It's a self-consciously showy turn a la Hercule Poirot without the Belgian's psychological and emotional complexity. Supporting performances are more convincing including Collette's droll lifestyle doyenne and Ana de Armas's nurse, who is the only member of the household to shed tears when her master shifts his mortal coil in suspicious circumstances.

Wealthy crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) presides over a motley crew of dysfunctional relatives, who have their beady eyes on his vast fortune. These self-serving loved ones include his daughter Linda (Curtis) and her husband Richard (Don Johnson), son Walter (Shannon) and his wife Donna (Riki Lindhome), widowed daughter-in-law Joni (Collette) and the three grandchildren: Ransom (Evans), Megan (Katherine Langford) and Jacob (Jaeden Martell). The cantankerous old coot invites his kin to an 85th birthday party at his large mansion but festivities are cut short by arguments and recriminations. Later that same night, after doting carer Marta Cabrera (de Armas) has given Harlan his medication, the novelist apparently commits suicide by slitting his throat with a ceremonial dagger. Detective Lieutenant Elliott (Lakeith Stanfield) and Trooper Wagner (Noah Segan) attend the scene to deduce the chain of events leading to the homeowner's grim demise. Quixotic private detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) hovers in the background, closely observing family members including Great Nana (K Callan). "I would like to request that you all stay until the investigation is completed," purrs the detective as he gathers evidence to paint a very different picture of Harlan's final moments.

Knives Out enjoys pulling the rug from under us as characters' ulterior motives are exposed with flashes of directorial brio. Pieces of an elaborate puzzle slot satisfyingly into place as the ensemble cast have fun with their colourful roles, concealing deviousness and greed behind angelic smiles. Many suspects fall from grace with a thud but Johnson's entertaining picture stays firmly upright.

- Sam Cannon

Knives Out. Copyright: 2018 MRC II Distribution Company LP. Caption: Jamie Lee Curtis as Linda Drysdale, Christopher Plummer as Harlan Thrombey, Don Johnson as Richard Drysdale, Michael Shannon as Walter Thrombey and Jaeden Martell as Jacob Thrombey in Knives Out, directed by Rian Johnson. Photo: Claire Folger. All Rights Reserved.


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From Friday 17th January
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- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Addlestone, The Light Cinema, Addlestone
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham
- Ashford, Ashford Picturehouse
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema
- Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Maltings Theatre And Cinema
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bishop's Stortford, Rhodes Arts Complex And Bishop's Stortford Museum
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, South Hill Park Arts Centre
- Bridport, The Electric Palace
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Canterbury, Gulbenkian
- Cardiff, Everyman Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coventry, Showcase Cinema De Lux Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Derby QUAD
- Derby, Showcase Cinema De Lux Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dumfries, Robert Burns Centre
- Dundee, Odeon Luxe Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Lothian Road
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Exeter Phoenix
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gravesend, The Woodville
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hawick, Heart Of Hawick, Tower Mill
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hertford, Hertford Theatre
- Holyhead, Ucheldre Centre
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny Barrack Street
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leicester
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lichfield, Lichfield Garrick
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Manchester, Everyman Manchester St John's
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Mold, Theatr Clwyd
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Everyman Newcastle
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Showcase Cinema De Lux Nottingham
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay
- Paisley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Paisley
- Peterborough, Showcase Cinema De Lux Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, No 6 Cinema
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Potters Bar, Wyllyotts Theatre
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Cinema De Lux Reading
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl
- Rye, Kino Rye
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Showroom Workstation
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southampton, Showcase Cinema De Lux Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Spalding, South Holland Centre
- Stamford, Stamford Arts Centre
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stroud, Vue Stroud
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Tenbury Wells, The Regal
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Windsor, The Old Court
- Wokingham, Everyman Wokingham
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Vue York
From Friday 24th January
To Thursday 30th January

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Addlestone, The Light Cinema, Addlestone
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bracknell, South Hill Park Arts Centre
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Luxe Bromborough
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Everyman Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clitheroe, Everyman Clitheroe
- Cork, Triskel Arts Centre
- Coventry, Showcase Cinema De Lux Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Showcase Cinema De Lux Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, UCD Cinema
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Dunstable, Grove Theatre
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Lothian Road
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Odeon Luxe Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Greenhithe, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Haverhill, Haverhill Arts Centre
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hertford, Hertford Theatre
- Holyhead, Ucheldre Centre
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny Barrack Street
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Leighton Buzzard, Leighton Buzzard Theatre
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Liverpool, Everyman Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Maidenhead, Odeon Luxe Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Everyman Newcastle
- Newport, The Riverfront
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Ultimate Picture Palace
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay
- Paisley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Paisley
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Poole, Lighthouse, Poole's Centre For The Arts
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Cinema De Lux Reading
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stroud, Vue Stroud
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Warrington, Odeon Luxe Warrington
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wokingham, Everyman Wokingham
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, Everyman York
- York, Vue York


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