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Highly Suspect Reviews: A Haunting in Venice

A Haunting in Venice Movie Review


Poirot is tired. And I don’t mean because of the last two Kenneth Branagh starring/directed films being so blah. I mean, in this third installment of his adaptations starring Agatha Christie’s famous detective character, he’s hung up his magnifying glass. Hidden away in Venice and refusing to accept any new cases, his reverie on Italian sweets is interrupted by the arrival of an old friend, mystery writer Ariadne (Tina Fey). She compels him to attend a Halloween party with her held at the palazzo of a once famous opera singer Rowena Drake (Kelly Reilly). The reason is not just so he gets out of the house and actually interacts with other people, although he certainly could use that, but because a famed psychic, Joyce Reynolds (Michelle Yeoh) will be holding a seance to contact Drake’s deceased daughter. Ariadne wants to prove her a sham, but so far she hasn’t been able to and she needs the skills of Poirot to see through what MUST be flim-flam, right? Only things go terribly wrong, murder is afoot, the palazzo is famous for being extremely haunted and even Poirot is seeing weird stuff happening. Are there murderous ghosts as the legends say or is one of the seance attendees, now locked into the palazzo because of a violent storm, a killer? Chris, Spidermike, and Alan take up the case of A Haunting in Venice and surprise: they all genuinely liked it a lot. At least they were surprised. Be careful going into this one as there are spoilers for who the first victim is, as it’s difficult to talk about the film without revealing that much.


DIRECTED BY: Kenneth Branagh

STARRING: Kyle Allen, Kenneth Branagh, Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kelly Reilly, Riccardo Scamarcio, Michelle Yeoh, Rowan Robinson




Photo on 2011-10-02 at 13.02Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)

Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas in 1992 where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal” turned into a full-time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this community of critics. While Brian eventually followed his heart to a new family, Chris continues on with a cast of colorful folks from all over the country (and a few others). You can also check out Chris in his videocast, along with Martin Thomas and Danni Danger, that One Of Us does with our friends at Bell of Lost Souls: Crossover Event. He also regularly guests on the video game website Rage Select. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.



Chris HAlan Galinsky (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Deliberations of Doom)

Born and raised in Texas, Alan Galinsky is a lifetime movie fan. As a youth, he would rent multiple movies every weekend and go to the theater for the latest releases, and that pace has remained steady. When Alan isn’t watching movies, you can find him talking about movies. When he’s not talking about movies, you can find him playing music in the band Delicate Boys.



” width=Michael Riojas (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)

The man with the ever-changing nicknames. Born in Austin, Riojas was rocketed to Del Rio, Texas, a literal small ville. In his youth, he was bitten by a radioactive… okay, look. Mike is not very good at this whole “talking about himself” thing. But he has been so obsessed with comics, video games, and anime since childhood- that if one has to choose between listening to Joe Quesada or Mike over any obscure Spider-Man trivia, they go to him (or, at least Martin Thomas once said so). He is also a big fan of “Ghostbusters” (he even owns his own jumpsuit and two, that’s right, TWO proton packs!), collects toys and video games, and will defend “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” if provoked. He lives in Austin with his beloved Dachshund-Maltese and trusted sidekick, Dean. He can also be heard on RageSelect. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram.



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