Game Night ★★★★

It's always a nice surprise when a movie is better than it appeared it would be -- but GAME NIGHT is incredibly good. John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein direct this as if they were infused with the mojo that Edgar Wright brings to each of his projects, delivering well-crafted laughs at a pace that never lets up. The characters are incredibly well-fleshed out, particularly Rachel McAdams as the wife in our lead couple who is clever, daring and wonderfully daffy all at once, as well as Jesse Plemons -- in a performance for the ages -- as the truly weird neighbor who just wants to be let back in for game night. The score by Cliff Martinez keeps your pulse racing in between the laughs. One of the best movies of the year.