• BRUCE R. MILLER bmiller@siouxcityjournal.com

One of the most entertaining holiday films in years, “Knives Out” should spawn plenty of imitators. As long as they’re as stylish and as well-written as this, we say, “bring ‘em.”

  • BRUCE R. MILLER bmiller@siouxcityjournal.com

While “Mrs. Maisel” has the luxury of ending an episode when it likes (some are more like hour-long network affairs), it doesn’t seem padded or stretched. Action plays out quickly and lounge shows don’t go on forever.

  • By Gail Appleson • Special to the Post-Dispatch

Saint-Estèphe is one of the famous appellations in what is known as the Left Bank of France’s Bordeaux region. Located at the northern end of the Haut-Médoc area, Saint-Estèphe is best known for powerful reds that are dominated by cabernet sauvignon. These wines can be very tannic and take a long time to mature. However, some producers have been adding more merlot to the blend to help soften the wines so they can be enjoyed sooner. Below is a ready-to-drink Saint-Estèphe compared with a red with the basic Médoc classification.

  • JOHN VANKAT Pine Wine

This is a wonderful season for enjoying wines and giving wines and wine-related items to family and friends. The following suggestions range from appealing bargains to very impressive, expensive wines.

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In “The Walking Dead,” Payne was constantly battling zombies. Because he was surrounded by them throughout the day, he often had zombie dreams when he got home. Now, he says, “I’m super scared I’m going to get serial killer dreams with this.”

  • BRUCE R. MILLER bmiller@siouxcityjournal.com

Some books are best left as books. Case in point: this one. Slow, often boring and frequently forgettable, the film version doesn’t live up to its Pulitzer Prize-winning origins.

  • By Dan Caesar St. Louis Post-Dispatch

St. Louis video photographer Mike Flanary has said the only reason he still is alive is because of the help of bystanders, led by Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold, and medical personnel after he collapsed while suffering a heart ailment in September at Busch Stadium.

  • BRUCE R. MILLER bmiller@siouxcityjournal.com

Because it’s not the Fred Rogers story, “A Beautiful Day” has the ability to take risks without betraying its inspiration. Hanks make it a beautiful day in the movie theater with his performance.

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Thanks to Oscar winners Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, there’s ample music for all. Idina Menzel gets another wailing “Let It Go”-type song and Jonathan Groff comes out of the female leads’ shadows and delivers a pretty good power ballad.