Eddie Marsan

The otherwise flat mystery 'A Kind of Murder' gets points for showcasing '60s style

The otherwise flat mystery 'A Kind of Murder' gets points for showcasing '60s style

Anyone jonesing for an eyeful of “Mad Men”-era production design will find plenty to savor in “A Kind of Murder,” the first English-language screen adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s “The Blunderer.” The movie’s murder-mystery heart never truly gets pumping, though; the psychological games prove far less tantalizing than the filmmaker’s evocation of a wintry 1960 Northeast. (As in another feature based on a Highsmith novel, “Carol,” Cincinnati plays New York.)

Patrick Wilson stars as architect and part-time fiction writer Walter Stackhouse, who lives in stylish misery with his emotionally unstable wife, Clara (Jessica...

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