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Sept. 18 (UPI) --Daniel Craig is a detective searching for the truth behind a mysterious murder in the newest trailer for Knives Out.

The clip, released on Wednesday, features Craig as detective Benoit Blanc who is on the case after famous crime author Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his home shortly after his 85th birthday.

(Ana de Armas' Marta Cabrera, Harlan's personal nurse, is the actual star of the film.) I especially thought that Linda Drysdale (Jamie Lee Curtis) is given short shrift. The cast is excellent all the way through, and I just don't have time to mention everyone. The best performance is by Daniel Craig as Southern gentlemen detective Benoit Blanc. Daniel Craig on IMDb: Awards, nominations, and wins. Jamie Lee Curtis Ana de Armas Chris Evans Don Johnson Katherine Langford Riki Lindhome Jaeden Martell Frank Oz Edi Patterson Christopher Plummer Michael Shannon LaKeith Stanfield. Film Independent Spirit Awards.

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The author's dysfunctional family and staff were present at his birthday, making everyone a suspect.

Craig must throughly investigate everyone and see through their lies as he suspects foul play despite the initial ruling of suicide.

The suspects, who have also gathered to hear the authors will, are portrayed by an all-star cast that includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Ana de Armas and Katherine Langford.

'The family is truly desperate. When people get desperate, the knives come out. This is a twisted web and we are not finished untangling it,' Craig says.

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Knives Out, from writer and director Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), is set to arrive in theaters on Nov. 27.

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Knives Out movie review: Rian Johnson writes and directs this story, set in Agastha Christie mould, with fewer twists than one expects.Lee

Knives Out movie cast: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Christopher Plummer
Knives Out movie director: Rian Johnson
Knives Out movie rating: 3.5 stars

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An old country house full of curios and creaking stairs; scores of relatives and a man who controls their destinies; and a murder. Who doesn’t like a good old mystery like that?

Johnson writes and directs this story, set in Agastha Christie mould, with fewer twists than one expects. The centrality of its surprise, in fact, lies in how simple and straightforward it is. It may not give you the thrills of having solved a crime ahead of the filmmakers, but the film might just reinforce your faith in the goodness of hearts, without the burden of any deep-set sociological analysis. Plus, Knives Out clearly wants to do well with its politics at a time of Donald Trump, delivering a rather on-the-nose message about nice immigrants and seeming-to-be-nice Americans.

That it all goes down so smoothly has to do well with the cast of Knives Out — with Craig, Curtis, Collette and Plummer, especially, slipping into their roles with relish. Craig is a private detective by the mouth-watering name of Benoit Blanc, who keeps a watch on the goings-on of the house from the comforts of an armchair in a corner, smoke drifting up from the end of his cigar, but is as quickly down on his knees to observe a carpet for mud marks. “The last of the gentleman sleuths” is how one character describes him. Craig plays Blanc with a thick accent, an affected Hercule Poirot manner, and a growing sense of outrage.

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Plummer is lord of the manor Harlan Thrombey, a best-selling mystery books writer who has been found with his throat slashed in “suspected” suicide. His appearances are brief but this is a role Plummer can master in his sleep, and he doesn’t disappoint.

Collette is his floaty daughter-in-law Joni, who makes skincare products but sees herself as more of a woke lifestyle guru; Curtis is his eldest child, Linda, a hard-nosed real-estate mogul. Curtis chews the scenes she is in. The others, including Evans (a bit too much of a cliche as the wasted rich playboy), play a houseful of Harlan’s relatives.

The odd one out is Marta (Armas), who was Harlan’s nurse/care giver, and was the last one to see him alive. In true manner of well-meaning rich people, the Thrombeys all go out of their way to insist that Marta is “like family”. And yet, none of them knows which country she comes from, just some South American one — Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, are some options on offer.

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When the chips begin to fall, and it’s not a real surprise how they do, family secrets are revealed, frictions surface, masks are dropped, and the knives come out. However, little blood is spilled, even as the film leaves you with the tantalising possibility that the last may not have been heard of the Thrombeys and Monsieur Blanc.