KNIVES OUT
2019, Lionsgate, 131 min, USA, Dir: Rian Johnson

The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there’s one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc knows for sure - everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Now, Blanc must sift through a web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth. From acclaimed writer-director Rian Johnson comes this suspenseful, twist-filled whodunnit with an all-star ensemble cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Michael Shannon, Jaeden Martell, and more.


LITTLE BY LITTLE
PETIT À PETIT
1970, Icarus Films, 92 min, France/Niger, Dir: Jean Rouch

The most cutting of Rouch's collaborative ethno-fictions, this playful satire of European-African relations follows Nigeriens Damoure Zika and Lam Ibrahim, who had formed an import-export company at the end of the director’s JAGUAR three years earlier. As their enterprise, “Little By Little,” expands, the two travel to France for business advice, where they fall into their own version of contemporary European life and recruit some unlikely workers.


THE MOUSE THAT ROARED
1959, Sony Repertory, 83 min, UK, Dir: Jack Arnold

“The Hilarious Story of How the Duchy of Grand Fenwick Waged War on the U.S. - and Won!” Jack Arnold (THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON) may have seemed a strange choice to helm this satirical comedy about a tiny nation going to war with America to lose, then reap massive foreign aid, but he succeeds beautifully. Peter Sellers riotously pulls off one of his first stabs at multiple roles, portraying Grand Duchess Gloriana, Minister Count Rupert Mountjoy and Tully Bascombe. Costarring Jean Seberg, Leo McKern and David Kossoff. “…nicely done and often hilarious.” – Don Druker, The Chicago Reader.


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