NYPD policeman Nick Spitz (Adam Sandler) can't quite pass the detective test for the third time and hides it from his wife Audrey (Jennifer Aniston). She pushes him to go on an European vacation. She sneaks onto first class and encounters Viscount Charles Cavendish (Luke Evans) who invites the couple to a family gathering on his yacht. The family patriarch and Charles' uncle Malcolm Quince (Terence Stamp) announces that he's leaving his fortune to his new wife Suzi. He is murdered before he signs the new will. It's a wild weekend of Clue characters and it's a murder mystery. Inspector de la Croix immediately sees the Spitzes as his prime suspects and Nick has to solve the case with his wife.I actually like Sandler and Aniston as a bickering middle age couple. I think they've found their sweet spot at this stage of their careers. They just need to make sure that they have a good story. This is almost there. I actually think that this would work better with a straight Agatha Christie murder mystery. Sandler and Aniston could be a new mystery solving team. They're the new Hart to Hart if it's done right. That's what's missing from this movie. The clues comes out of nowhere at the end and nobody cares about discovering the killer's identity. The chemistry is good and these characters could be good as long as the writing is good.
Adam Sandler now looking old gets another lame script out from the bottom of the barrel to comply with his Netflix deal.At least he got Netflix to give him and his family a holiday to Europe.Woody Allen and Diane Keaton have already starred in a murder mystery comedy. It was called Manhattan Murder Mystery. It was much better than this feeble effort.It does not get a one star rating because it does have a laugh or two. There are more references to the Hay Fever drug Claritin than there are actual laughs.Sandler plays New York beat cop Nick Spitz who once again fails his detective exams. He does not this to his hairdresser wife Audrey (Jennifer Aniston.) When she mentions that she expects something more than a gift card for her anniversary, he books a vacation to Europe.On the plane Audrey meets Viscount Charles Cavendish (Luke Evans) who invites them to his luxury yacht. It is more enticing than their coach holiday. At a family gathering Uncle Quince (Terence Stamp) announces that he is leaving his entire fortune to his new wife and is then promptly murdered when the lights go out.French detective Inspector de la Croix inexplicably and without any evidence or motive decides Nick and Audrey are the main suspects. As both try to clear their names the bodies pile up further.The film aims to be an Agatha Christie pastiche but it fails. It is just stupid, unfunny and bland.
As long as they are thrilled, they will keep choosing to watch murder mystery movies or TV shows and even prefer them over rom-coms. Another interesting fact is how the human brain works - people are more concerned with predicting the end rather than actually focussing on the storyline and plot development.
Whatever the reason, we are all in for murder mysteries - at least they make one of the best discussions later on! Plus, if the movie or the series gets intense, you'll get a chance to cozy up with your partner. Win-win!
Unlike seasons nine through eleven, the twelfth season of Murdoch Mysteries did not include a Christmas movie, opting instead for an \"out of the box\" Halloween episode. Former Canadian Olympic figure skater Elvis Stojko guest starred in episode 13 as ex-con Sam Marshal, who Murdoch suspects of murder. The episode also saw the return of, Dmitry Chepovetsky as Nikola Tesla, whose last appearance was nine years ago in season 3, episode 13. Colin Mochrie reprises his role from last season as Ralph Fellows and Patrick McKenna returned as Inspector Hamish Slorach, last seen in season eight. The season averaged 1.1 million viewers in Canada on CBC from September 24, 2018, to March 4, 2019.
The following titles are being released on Tuesday, Dec. 20, unless otherwise noted:The Banshees of Inisherin (Blu-ray)Details: 2022, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution-Buena Vista Home EntertainmentRated: R, violent content, language, brief graphic nudityThe lowdown: The lifelong friendship between two men living on the island of Inisherin off the coast of Ireland ends abruptly, leading to pain, recriminations, violence and darker tragedy.Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson reteam with their \\u201CIn Bruges\\u201D writer-director Martin McDonagh (\\u201CThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri\\u201D) for this dark story with comic overtones about the events that follow after Colm (Gleeson) abruptly ends his association with P\\u00E1draic (Farrell) without any explanation.P\\u00E1draic is befuddled, lost and hurt, looking for an explanation for Colm\\u2019s decision. The more he pesters Colm, the more violent consequences ensue.The movie is a memorable meditation on mortality that offers no easy answers nor solutions.The film, which earned an impressive 97 percent fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, features strong supporting performances by Barry Keoghan as a young friend of P\\u00E1draic\\u2019s and Kerry Condon as P\\u00E1draic\\u2019s sister, Siobh\\u00E1n.Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 2.39:1 widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 descriptive audio track; English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.Don\\u2019t miss: Bonus content includes a creating the movie featurette and deleted scenes.House of the Dragon: The Complete First Season: Limited Edition Collectible Steelbook (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + digital)Details: 2022, Warner Bros. Home EntertainmentNot rated: violence, sexual content, nudityThe lowdown: This prequel to \\u201CGame of Thrones\\u201D is set 200 years before the events in that series.The focus is on the reign of House Targaryen, which is ruling the Seven Kingdoms. Even so, there is unrest as a civil war is brewing within its own house.Matters only accelerate when King Viserys (Paddy Considine) seemingly upends tradition by proclaiming his daughter, Rhaenyra (Emma D\\u2019Arcy), his heir.Events change when the widowed Viserys marries Rhaenyra\\u2019s best friend, Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke), and bears Viserys a son.Besides the usual violence, the 10-episode series is loaded with intrigue, most perpetrated by Alicent\\u2019s father, Otto Hightower, who is Hand of the King, and is plotting to usurp Rhaenyra and place Alicent\\u2019s son on the Iron Throne.The cast also includes Matt Smith (\\u201CThe Crown\\u201D) as Prince Daemon Targaryen, the younger brother of Viserys, uncle to Rhaenyra and her future husband.There\\u2019s a lot to digest in the first season of this series. But you have plenty of time to review it all, since the second season reportedly won\\u2019t be airing until sometime in 2024.Technical aspects: 4K: 2160p ultra high definition, 2.00:1 widescreen picture; English Dolby Atmos-TrueHD and French, German and Spanish 5.1 Dolby digital; English and German SDH and French and Spanish subtitles; Blu-ray: 1080p high definition, 200:1 widescreen picture; English Dolby Atmos-TrueHD and French, German and Spanish 5.1 Dolby digital; English and German SDH; French and Spanish subtitles.Don\\u2019t miss: Bonus materials include \\u201CWelcome to Westeros,\\u201D \\u201CReturning to the Seven Kingdoms,\\u201D \\u201CA New Reign,\\u201D \\u201CReturning to Westeros\\u201D and \\u201CHeight of the Empire\\u201D featurettes; a \\u201CBefore the Dance: An Illustrated History with George R.R. Martin\\u201D featurette; a look at the various noble houses and familiar locations; and an introduction to all the major characters.Call Jane (Blu-ray + digital)Release date: Dec. 13Details: 2022, Lionsgate Home EntertainmentRated: R, language, brief drug useThe lowdown: Considering the Supreme Court decision of a few months ago, this movie \\u2014 directed by Phyllis Nagy, who received an Academy Award nomination for her screenplay adaptation of \\u201CCarol\\u201D \\u2014 could not be more timely.The movie set in 1968 in Chicago, centers on Joy (Elizabeth Banks), a suburban housewife living the all-American dream with her husband and daughter.Her idyllic world is shattered when her life-threatening pregnancy forces her to go outside an unresponsive medical establishment for help.Joy is steered toward the \\u201CJanes,\\u201D an underground network providing the only available alternative to pregnant women in distress.The group is led by Virginia (Sigourney Weaver) and Gwen (Wunni Mosaku), who not only help save Joy\\u2019s life, but change it in a most profound way.Joy is so inspired by Virginia and Gwen\\u2019s commitment that she joins their movement to help others as she was aided.The movie takes some dramatic licenses and is not as compelling as the documentary, \\u201CThe Janes.\\u201D Still, it is a positive experience that earned an 82 percent fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes.Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 1.85:1 (16x9 enhanced) widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; English SDH and Spanish subtitles.Don\\u2019t miss: Extras include deleted scenes, a making of featurette and a commentary track.\\u201CCinema\\u2019s First Nasty Women\\u201D (Blu-ray)Details: 1898-1926, Kino ClassicsRated: Not ratedThe lowdown: This four-disc set examines the impact of women filmmakers and performers in the early, silent years of the industry.The set features 99 movies from around the world. The movies cover a variety of genre, including comedy, farce, Westerns, melodramas and adventure thrillers.More importantly, they also look at feminist protest, slapstick rebellion and suggestive gender play as women in these movies organize labor strikes, explode out of chimneys, electrocute a police force and assume various identities.The films come from the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Denmark and Sweden. Many of the movies dismantle traditional gender norms an