Poker Face (2023)
Matt Roush says...
Knives Out creator Rian Johnson is the mastermind behind this clever homage to Columbo-style crime-solving, starring the delightfully gravel-voiced Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll) as Charlie Cale, a human lie detector. She’s not a typical detective by any measure, a beer-swilling drifter laying low and taking menial jobs to avoid the criminals (led by Benjamin Bratt) whose lives she disrupts in the series opener, set at a corrupt casino. Each episode opens by depicting the murder, often involving an elaborate scenario. Only then do we pull back and flash back to reveal Charlie has been there all along, not even always aware the death is a crime until the villains (a colorful array of guest stars) start blabbing and lying around Charlie. Poker Face plays a winning hand of smart humor amid the mayhem. Would I lie?