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Event: 'Murder On The Orient Express' Print
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Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Duration: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

(2017) Sleek ensemble whodunit, set in the 1930s, presents Agatha Christie’s famed Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh who also directed), with an array of plausible suspects after a gangster (Johnny Depp) meets a grisly end on the luxurious train of the title. As Poirot questions the victim’s secretary (Josh Gad), butler (Derek Jacobi) and fellow passengers -- most prominently, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, and Willem Dafoe -- religious undertones are interwoven into a narrative that raises significant moral issues. Like the crime itself, and an earlier tragedy to which it seems to be tied, these ethical questions are unsuitable for kids. But Branagh’s take on this classic tale, made into a 1974 film by Sidney Lumet, is sufficiently restrained in other respects as to be possibly acceptable for older adolescents. A vengeance theme, scenes of violence, some gory images, a couple of uses of profanity, a few milder oaths, occasional sexual references. (A-III – adults) (PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned) HBO (cable)



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