Movie omnivore. Writes for Film Inquiry and is a member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association.
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How do these movies keep getting made? We’re on the third of Kenneth Branagh’s Poirot films, the wildly uneven series about Agatha Christie’s greatest detective. Murder on the Orient Express promised the return of A-list ensemble whodunits, but its lackluster energy made Knives Out the true revivalist. Death on the Nile only delighted because of its mess, and now A Haunting in Venice tries to stabilize matters with a touch of the mystical. Ghosts in a detective movie? Turns out, a little horror is a welcome addition to these cozy whodunits.
You know something’s up with Bottoms when the guys run out in their football uniforms. They’re at a school year kickoff party, not a game, and they’re in full, uncomfortable pads. They remain this way throughout the movie, whether practicing, sitting in class, or scheming against the girl’s new little club, because Bottoms exists in such a crooked world that guys would literally wear their football identities 24/7.
High school movies have done this before, their setting such a peculiar…