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.


MATCH
2014, IFC Films, 92 min, USA, Dir: Stephen Belber

Adapted from his 2004 play, writer-director Stephen Belber’s engrossing character-driven drama centers on Tobi Powell (Patrick Stewart, outstanding here), a Juilliard ballet instructor who has been asked to do an interview about dance in the 1960s. When the interviewer (Carla Gugino) shows up with her husband (Matthew Lillard), the man starts asking Tobi some very personal questions and it soon becomes clear that their visit has nothing to do with choreography.


LOGAN
2017, 20th Century Fox, 137 min, USA/Canada/Australia, Dir: James Mangold

“Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made it last too long.” Set in a bleakly familiar near-future, the latest installment of the X-Men franchise follows the final days of James “Logan” Howlett (Hugh Jackman, giving the performance of a lifetime), formerly known as Wolverine. Hiding in Mexico with a decrepit Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Logan is just trying to keep his head down and disappear. But when you’re a super-healing mutant with adamantium claws, trouble always seems to find you, and this time it comes in the form of a little girl named Laura (newcomer Dafne Keen). Bloody and graceful, dystopic yet hopeful, thrilling and profound, LOGAN is the superhero movie we always knew was possible, one that takes the source material seriously while still finding its own voice.


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