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‘Knives Out’: Sleuth plays ripping game of Clue; family of vipers wonders whodunit

Writer-director Rian Johnson’s fizzy Agatha Christie riff “Knives Out” succeeds as a throwback with more than mere nostalgia on its mind. Against our current wash of grim Scandinavian serial-killer binge-watches, gory yet bloodless American police procedurals and endlessly streaming reruns of “Columbo” and “Murder, She Wrote,” this one’s a good time, period. That’s all it’s trying for, and when a shrewd commercial storyteller provides such a thing, we do the result no favors by overinflating the achievement. The opening shots of “Knives Out” pay loving tribute to the memorabilia-crammed interiors of the 1972 film adaptation of “Sleuth.”