NO SUDDEN MOVE: 2021 (Now streaming on HBO Max) This is a crime thriller with great acting that illustrates Director Steven Soderbergh's mastery of the genre. It received positive reviews from critics with praise for Soderbergh's direction and the performances of the cast. Set in 1954 Detroit, No Sudden Move centers on a group of small-time criminals who are hired to steal what they think is a simple document. When their plan goes horribly wrong, their search for who hired them weaves through a race-torn, rapidly changing city. It is a powerful cast with many familiar names and faces: Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, Jon Hamm, Ray Liotta, Brendan Fraser, and Matt Damon in an uncredited cameo role. It covers a clash between the criminal gangs and the American auto industry during the vast freeway expansion boom of the post-World War II years. It even touches on a possible illicit history of the catalytic converter. Crosses are doubled, tripled and quadrupled until you’re not quite sure whether the characters themselves know who they’re betraying. Everyone in this movie is playing a game with what little power they have. There’s a lot going on but Soderbergh manages to thread the needle deftly and it’s always energetic. Barb and I agree, the movie is a pleasure to watch even though it’s difficult to keep tabs on where the hell it’s all going. GRADE B+