• ‘Poker Face,' Starring Natasha Lyonne, Is a Clever, Winning Mystery Throwback: TV Review

    6 days ago - By Variety

    Natasha Lyonne is not a performer who holds a lot in reserve. Her great gift is for charging into a scene and electrifying it with a stream of chatter, suddenly resetting the temperature for all those around her. It's a talent that self-consciously throws back to the screwball comedy era, and one that was leveraged...
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  • ‘Poker Face' Review: A Playful Revival of Star-Studded '70s Movie-of-the-Week Mysteries

    ‘Poker Face' Review: A Playful Revival of Star-Studded '70s Movie-of-the-Week Mysteries

    6 days ago - By Observer

    With his smash hit mystery Knives Out and its recent sequel Glass Onion , filmmaker Rian Johnson gifted 21st century America with its very own analog to Agatha Christie's gentleman detective Hercule Poirot. Not that whodunnits or formula mystery fiction had gone anywhere - CBS has any number of government acronyms on the case - they'd just stopped being any fun. Now, Johnson has teamed up with star/producer Natasha Lyonne to give that same modern polish to another beloved detective series, Columbo. From its “howcatchem” story structure, to its playful tone, right down to the goldenrod...
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