MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (2017)
2017, 20th Century Fox, 114 min, Malta/USA, Dir: Kenneth Branagh

What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS tells the tale of 13 strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad.


MOTHER!
2017, Paramount, 121 min, USA, Dir: Darren Aronofsky

A young wife (Jennifer Lawrence) learns a lot of hard truths about her passionate but enigmatic husband (Javier Bardem) when their house is set upon by visitors who may or may not have malicious intentions. Writer-director Darren Aronofsky crafts an ambitious, divisive - and absolutely masterful - exercise in psychological suspense rich in allegory, metaphor and visceral horror that ranks with the best of Roman Polanski and Tobe Hooper. Jennifer Lawrence is fearless and powerful as the heroine through whose eyes we experience all the terror, poignancy, and exhilaration of Aronofsky’s fiercely original vision. Costarring Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer.


THE AGE OF INNOCENCE
1993, Sony Repertory, 139 min, USA, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Director Martin Scorsese visits New York City’s Gilded Age in this rich adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel. Upper class lawyer Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is engaged to marry May Welland (Winona Ryder) when May’s cousin, the Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer), arrives from Europe. While the Countess’ desire to leave her husband invites gossip, Archer’s growing attraction to this free-thinking woman could prove even more ruinous. Meticulously crafted in every regard, from Joanne Woodward’s narration to Gabriella Pescucci’s Oscar-winning costume design, this is among Scorsese’s most underrated films.


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