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Knives Out 2.0 stars

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Synopsis

Writer-director Rian Johnson sure is having fun these days. They let him into the Star Wars sandbox, and he built a monument to feminine genius that enraged a measurable portion of the fanbase and still managed to make over a billion dollars. (Sure, it was half of what J.J. abrams managed with his reboot/remake, but it weren’t no fan service, that’s for sure.) Now he’s pulling a reverse Netflix — slapping a TV-style Family Mansion Murder Mystery, the sort so ably handled by our British cousins, up there on the big screen —and turning it into a critique of American anti-immigration sentiment. The immigrant in question —actually, it’s her mother who is undocumented — is Marta (Ana de Armas) the caregiver for a fabulously successful mystery author (Christopher Plummer). An author who, as it happens, is also the victim. The presumptive heirs — a splendid collection of wretches, none of whom can remember exactly what country Marta hails from — were already gathered for Dad’s 85 birthday, so they stick around for the reading of the will, and also the investigation spearheaded by Daniel Craig in full Southern accent, for some reason. The goal here, besides solving the mystery in suitably clever fashion, seems to be to provide families gathered for Thanksgiving with both a rollicking good time and something to argue about at table. (A measurable portion of old white relatives may be enraged.) You can practically see Johnson’s mischievious grin in every frame.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Rated: PG-13

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Showtimes

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AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego. 888-262-4386

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    12:10 p.m., 3:25 p.m., 6:50 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    12:10 p.m., 3:25 p.m., 6:50 p.m.

AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego. 888-262-4386

  • Monday, Jan. 27

    9:25 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    10:30 a.m., 4:10 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    6:30 p.m., 9:25 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego. 888-262-4386

  • Monday, Jan. 27

    9:50 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    3:40 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    3:10 p.m., 6:35 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

Angelika Film Center and Café

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego. 858-207-2606

  • Monday, Jan. 27

    7:40 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    10:30 a.m., 1:20 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    10:30 a.m., 1:20 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 30

    10:30 a.m., 1:20 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego. 858-768-7770

  • Monday, Jan. 27

    9:40 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    10:25 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:35 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    10:25 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 30

    10:25 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 4:15 p.m.

Cinépolis Del Mar

12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar. 858-794-4045

  • Monday, Jan. 27

    9:45 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista. 760-945-7469

  • Monday, Jan. 27

    9:45 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    10:25 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 6:55 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    10:25 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 6:55 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

Edwards Mira Mesa

10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego. 858-635-7716

  • Monday, Jan. 27

    9:40 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    11:35 a.m., 3:10 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    11:35 a.m., 3:10 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego. 858-274-9994

  • Monday, Jan. 27

    9:50 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    10 a.m., 12:50 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    10:15 a.m., 4:05 p.m., 6:55 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 30

    10:15 a.m., 1:05 p.m., 4:05 p.m.

Regal Carlsbad 12

2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. 844-462-7342

  • Monday, Jan. 27

    9:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    11:45 a.m., 3 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    11:45 a.m., 3 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 30

    11:30 a.m., 3 p.m.

Regal Escondido

350 West Valley Parkway, Escondido. 760-291-0119

  • Monday, Jan. 27

    9:15 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    2:15 p.m., 6 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    2:15 p.m., 6 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 30

    2:15 p.m., 6 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

  • Monday, Jan. 27

    7:25 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    1:25 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:25 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    1:25 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:25 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 30

    1:25 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:25 p.m.

Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon. 619-401-3456

  • Monday, Jan. 27

    9:10 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    12:05 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 6:05 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    12:05 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 6:05 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 30

    12:05 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 6:05 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

Regal Rancho San Diego

2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon. 619-660-3483

  • Monday, Jan. 27

    9:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    2:15 p.m., 6 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    2:15 p.m., 6 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 30

    2:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos. 760-471-3734

  • Monday, Jan. 27

    9:15 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    12:20 p.m., 3:25 p.m., 6:25 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    12:20 p.m., 3:25 p.m., 6:25 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 30

    12:20 p.m., 3:25 p.m., 6:25 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

Comments

"also the investigation spearheaded by Daniel Craig in full Southern accent, for some reason. " The REASON, Lick, is that his character is from Louisiana hence his name, Benoit Blanc, AND a nod to Christie's Hercule Poirot. But you, as usual, were too busy eating cheese popcorn and sipping on your Chinnot Blanc instead of paying attention!

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