Murder on the Orient Express Review

Agatha Christie, 20th-century’s master crime novelist, is the highest-selling novelist of all time.

All. Time.

With 2-billion books sold, she’s behind only the Bible and Shakespeare.

But a quick survey of my inner and outer circles would either show that people in general just don’t read anymore or that pop-culture — in America — has room for Sherlock Holmes but not for Hercule Poirot, Christie’s master sleuth who’s appeared in 33 of her novels and a set of films, cinema and television, the last being 2013’s Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case with David Suchet ending a 24-year turn as the detective for the United Kingdom’s ITV.

Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in Murder on the Orient Express, a movie with a stacked ensemble cast featuring the likes of Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Willem Defoe, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley. It could have done no less — watch any crime procedural on television, and you can spot the master criminal just by the guest appearance.

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Alice in Wonderland (2010) Review

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www.hypergeeky.comTim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland feels more like a tired retread rather than a revisionist retelling or inspired remake.

Burton’s trademark visual style aside, the newest Alice story doesn’t go too far off the beaten path putting her against familiar foes in a drearier setting while confronting her most stubborn enemy — herself.

It’s a girl-power film with a finish that’s so underwhelming, it feels less like an uppercut and more like a slap to the rear.

A young woman with great expectations, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself at her own engagement party.

Unhappy with the circumstances of marriage suddenly being placed on her timid shoulders, she treks through the garden and follows a white rabbit into Underland, a familiar place she’s visited in recurring dreams.

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