Movie Review Murder on the Orient Express 2017: An Unappealing Holiday Window Display

Movie Review Murder on the Orient Express 2017: An Unappealing Holiday Window Display

Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie adaptation – Murder on the Orient Express 2017 suffers from an uneven ensemble and an overall lack of excitement. Why watch a whodunit if you already know who had done it? The answer lies in our need for comfort. Like the calmness of listening to a favorite song on repeat, there is relatively reassurance, especially on days of uncertainty, in hearing the familiar notes of a charming crime tale and arriving at a…

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Murder on the Orient Express Full Movie: A Good Yarn That Ultimately Frays At The End

Murder on the Orient Express Full Movie: A Good Yarn That Ultimately Frays At The End

The television series Agatha Christie’s Poirot ran from 1989 to 2013 and contained 70 episodes. If you were to take any one of those episodes, give it a much higher production budget and fill it with A-list actors, you’d have Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express 2017 full movie. Instead of trying to upend Agatha Christie’s book or the mystery genre in general, Branagh plays by the rules, wrapping the story in a beautifully crafted production that has a…

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All About the Gladers In The Maze Runner 2014 movie

All About the Gladers In The Maze Runner 2014 movie

The Maze Runner 2014 movie summary: The Glade is a nice place, as far as it goes. What it lacks in indoor plumbing and cable television, it makes up in ambiance. Green and fertile, it offers its occupants land enough to grow crops and raise goats, shelter enough to sleep and eat, space enough to walk and wander … until you hit your nose upon the towering gray walls surrounding the place. But if you…

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The Maze Runner movie 2014: A story we think we’ve heard many times before

The Maze Runner movie 2014: A story we think we’ve heard many times before

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: In a rigidly structured dystopian future, one plucky teenager dares to think for himself, shake up the status quo and start a revolution–or, at least the beginning of a The Maze Runner trilogy. Such is the stuff of The Maze Runner , which hews quite closely to the YA-novel formula that’s reliably brought about so many largely successful movie adaptations in recent years. And, yes, director Wes Ball’s…

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Movie Review: The Maze Runner movie 2014 by James Dashner

Movie Review: The Maze Runner movie 2014 by James Dashner

He doesn’t remember his own age or his family, all he remember is his name. Yet he finds himself fighting for survival. It’s The Maze Runner movie 2014 When Thomas finds himself trapped in the middle of a maze unable to escape, and surrounded by other boys of varying ages some of whom have been trapped for two years, he knows he has to do something. He knows there must be a way out, that…

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The Maze Runner 2014 movies: The acting is great but what a shame about the rest of it

The Maze Runner 2014 movies: The acting is great but what a shame about the rest of it

The Maze Runner full movie 2014 is really not a good film, but it scores for omitting much of what makes typical teen movies excruciating. There’s no love triangle and no lengthy flashbacks of elders barfing up loads of mythology and exposition. It may be pity to think of this as an accomplishment, but after years (years!) of having our standards systematically lowered by an increasing tsunami of Young Adult adaptations, The Maze Runner’s spry…

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A round-up of movie reviews: Wind River, It, The Work, Insyriated, Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beat

A round-up of movie reviews: Wind River, It, The Work, Insyriated, Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beat

An American frontier thriller, coulrophobia on full blast, therapy at Folsom Prison, an intimate Syrian war drama, and a pithy veteran Labour MP. Wind River is the third work in actor-turned-screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s modern frontier trilogy (after Sicario and Hell And High Water) and Sheridan’s very first movie credited as director. It’s an American thriller that will certainly appeal to fans of Scandinavian noir. Although set in Wyoming (supposedly in the spring), this is a story that unfolds in…

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Wind River Review: A snowy slow burn

Wind River Review: A snowy slow burn

Around this time last year, a movie silently dropped into theaters that blew me away. Not a lot of folks knew it was there, but those who went to watch it were treated to a modern day western full of fantastic performances and superb direction, all derived from a brilliant script written by Taylor Sheridan. That film was Hell or High Water, and even though it didn’t make a huge splash at the late summer box…

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Marvel Has Finally Found a Way to Reinvent the Genre Again With Thor’s Third Solo Outing – Thor Ragnarok

Marvel Has Finally Found a Way to Reinvent the Genre Again With Thor’s Third Solo Outing – Thor Ragnarok

In 2008, the superhero movie genre turned on its head. Christopher Nolan’s masterwork The Dark Knight brought a hyper-realistic, gritty style to the Batman series that earned massive critical acclaim and received eight Oscar nominations (and a posthumous win for its star, Heath Ledger). The very same year, Marvel churned out Iron Man, the colorful, family-friendly, ticket-selling beast that launched the multi-billion dollar MCU. At the time, NPR’s Bob Mondello said of Iron Man, “If every superhero franchise had a…

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MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Review: At last comes the mystery thriller

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Review:  At last comes the mystery thriller

I know. I KNOW. Ever since seeing the trailer for the mystery thriller Murder on the Orient Express, a question has been nagging at you. It’s not who among a diverse collection of brilliant actors including Judi Dench as a Russian princess, Willem Dafoe as a German professor, Penelope Cruz as a depressed missionary and Johnny Depp as a thuggish art dealer, is the murderer. But why has a tiny furry mammal disguised as a magnificent beast of a handlebar mustache in 50…

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Murder on the Orient Express movie adaption stays on track for the most part

Murder on the Orient Express movie adaption stays on track for the most part

WASHINGTON — In 1974, between “Serpico” (1973) and “Network” (1976), Sidney Lumet directed an Agatha Christie novel into a star-studded murder mystery with Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Jacqueline Bisset and an Oscar-winning Ingrid Bergman.   Now, get ready to board the train again as the talented and versatile actor-director Kenneth Branagh presents his very own star-studded remake of Murder on the Orient Express. Based on the 1934 mystery novel, the whodunit follows Detective Hercule…

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Murder on the Orient Express Is A Mystery Worth Skipping

Murder on the Orient Express Is A Mystery Worth Skipping

In cinema, as elsewhere, there can be too much of a good thing. Quick: Do you remember the film several years back that starred Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, and Nicole Kidman, among others? If it reminds you of Nine, the director Rob Marshall’s musical follow-up to his Academy Award–winning Chicago, well good for you. I can scarcely summon any memory of the film myself. The director Kenneth Branagh’s remake of Murder on the Orient…

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Murder on the Orient Express Is a Mellow Ride

Murder on the Orient Express Is a Mellow Ride

No, we didn’t. I assume that’s your first question: “Did we need another Murder on the Orient Express?” We already had a quite inert specimen from 1974 directed by Sidney Lumet, made remarkable by a brilliant assemblage of stars (Albert Finney, Ingrid Bergman, Vanessa Redgrave, Sean Connery, Maggie Smith, Anthony Perkins, Lauren Bacall, John Gielgud…) with a fine TV version with David Suchet’s near-definitive Hercule Poirot and the young Jessica Chastain. Kenneth Branagh’s latest has a…

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Murder On The Orient Express- A Cumbersome Old Relic

Murder On The Orient Express- A Cumbersome Old Relic

After watching Murder on the Orient Express, it’s not hard to see why murder mysteries just aren’t a thing anymore. I was cautiously optimistic to see this one, the trailer promising an old classic rejuvenated with a sleek, shiny coat of modernity. Well, as stylish and star-packed as it is, Murder On The Orient Express seems creaky and outdated from the get-go. For some reason, we don’t start the story on the train. Instead, we get…

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HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE: Rage and Hormones

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE: Rage and Hormones

Are we there yet? Well, not quite. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,the big-screen adaption of the international phenomenon, is simply the sixth chapter in a now eight-part saga that, much like its young hero, portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe, has started to show signs of stress around the edges, a bit of fatigue, or perhaps that’s simply my gnawing impatience. Not that the director, David Yates, doesn’t keep things moving and flying and soaring, his cameras slashing…

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