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“Frozen II” and “Color Out of Space” are also new to Blu-Ray this week.

The opening shots of writer-director Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” set the stage appropriately for a classic murder mystery. We see a large mansion on a green, well-manicured lawn with fog creeping in lowly behind a bare tree with fallen leaves all around it. The coldness of mid-Autumn in Massachusetts can practically be felt. Violins play ominous, minor key tones as housekeeper Fran (Edi Patterson) brings breakfast to rich and famous crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), only to discover him dead from an apparent suicide. But there is more to this grisly scene than meets the eye and, as super sleuth Sherlock Holmes would say, “The game is afoot.”

There are indeed games afoot in “Knives Out,” and the one called in to figure them out is Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig). In spite of the French, Hercule Poirot-sounding name, Blanc speaks with a southern drawl. He’s there because he was paid by an anonymous source to look deeper into Harlan’s supposed suicide. Once again in classic murder mystery set up, the suspects—Harlan’s family who were there that evening celebrating his 85th birthday—are introduced. There’s Harlan’s oldest daughter Linda (Jamie Lee urtis), her husband Richard (Don Johnson), daughter-in-law Joni (Toni Collette), and youngest son Walt (Michael Shannon) along with his wife Donna (Riki Lindhome). Then there is the next generation of his grandchildren: Linda and Richard’s prodigal son Ransom (Chris Evans), Joni’s daughter Meg (Katherine Langford), and Walt and Donna’s son Jacob (Jaeden Martell). Through flashbacks we see how some of them had a strong motivation to kill Harlan, while others are there to provide crucial pieces of information.

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“Jojo Rabbit,” “21 Bridges,” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” are also new to Blu-Ray this week.

The title of the movie may be “Midway,” and it may be about the pivotal battle between the naval and air forces of the United States and the Empire of Japan from June 4 to June 7, 1942, that turned the tide in favor of the U.S., but that’s not all it’s about. The movie begins in 1937 with the uneasy peace between the United States and Japan, with a warning from famed Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (Etsushi Toyokawa) to U.S. Navy Intelligence officer Edwin Layton (Patrick Wilson) to not put Japan in an economic corner.

Layton lays out the dangers to his superiors in Washington and in the Navy, and four short years later Pearl Harbor is, as President Franklin Roosevelt so eloquently put it, “suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” This attack sequence in “Midway” is our first look at the fantastic special effects. There are impressive shots of fleets, and from what I know of how events went down that fateful Sunday morning in 1941, the movie was going for as much historical accuracy as possible, particularly in regard to the horrible fate of the U.S.S. Arizona battleship. The sequence, much like the movie, is remarkably well paced, yet takes the time to shoot its action in a clear and concise manner, giving the sequence of events a clear through line and the characters in the scenes a clear relationship to the setting. Or to put it more simply: no shaky cam nonsense. That was a trend that I could not wait to see go away, and I am glad it has pretty much died out. Director Roland Emmerich’s camera is focused on clarity, even when there is chaos happening on screen.

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“Making Waves” is also new to Blu-Ray this week.

Sports are one of those things that are a natural fit for drama. The essence of drama is conflict, and with the competitive nature of sports, there is an automatic conflict. It’s all in the title: “Ford v Ferrari.” Though that same title could also be used for a courtroom drama—another thing that lends itself very well to the genre with its pre-set conflict.

There are no courts in “Ford v Ferrari,” though there is some contractual negotiation between future legendary American CEO Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal), representing Ford, and already legendary Italian race car company founder Enzo Ferrari (Remo Girone) —no points for guessing which side he represents. Given the title of the movie, it’s no spoiler to report that the negotiations do not go well. The sticking point: If Ferrari agrees to the buyout by Ford, there is potential that their ability to race in the Le Mans in France—a race they’ve won four years in a row—could be taken away. After insulting Ford’s factory, executives, and president Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts), Ferrari storms out of the meeting.

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“The Good Liar” is also new to Blu-Ray this week.

Even if I went in to “Doctor Sleep” with no knowledge that it is a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” it would be apparent right from the start. The booming music, the swooping camera—it takes us right back into the opening of its famous predecessor. The year is 1980; instead of a drive through the snow covered mountains of Colorado, we move through a camp site in Florida and meet Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson), leader of a group of Shiners called the True Knot. They seek out other Shiners and either recruit them or kill them, depending on their needs.

The True Knot are more than just a group of killers, though. They seek out other Shiners to get their Steam, which as far as I can tell is the essence inside of Shiners that gives them the ability to shine. They feed off of it like vampires need blood. The Steam is more potent if the victim is young and in a state of shock and fright, which brings to mind rumors regarding the extraction of a drug called adrenochrome. The similarities are certainly uncanny.

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