This week at the movies: Murder on the Orient Express and Daddy’s Home 2.
Murder on the Orient Express
A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. Everyone's a suspect when Detective Hercule Poirot arrives to interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., and Willem Dafoe. Adapted from the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie.
Rated PG-13. Mystery. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. 1h 54 m.
What the Internet Says:
“It’s a starry cast, but not distractingly so. Everyone seems committed, particularly the winning Ridley and Odom Jr. It’s a good group, and all play their little parts well.” — Vanity Fair
“Branagh... wrap[s] the tale in a handsomely crafted production that has a surprising blend of humor and fun despite the weight of finding a murderer...Even though it’s a murder mystery yarn, everything in the production is functioning at a level of highest craftsmanship...” – Collider
Our Take: If you enjoy a good, classic murder mystery, then this star-studded and visually stunning flick is right up your alley.
Daddy’s Home 2
Father and stepfather Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) join forces to make Christmastime perfect for the children. Their newfound partnership soon gets put to the test when Dusty's old-school, macho dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad's gentle father (John Lithgow) arrive to turn the holiday upside down. Also starring Linda Cardellini, John Cena, Alessandra Ambrosio.
Rated PG-13. Comedy. Directed by Sean Anders. 1h 40m.
What the Internet Says:
“The secret sauce that makes the "Daddy's Home" films work is the strange brew of chemistry between Wahlberg and Ferrell. Wahlberg is his breathy, exasperated self, while Ferrell executes his naive oaf routine he does so well, lending his clumsy physicality to all manner of bodily injury, accidents and mishaps. Christmas, of course, lends itself well to the repeated power tool gags that Brad gets into, with snow blowers and lights and chainsaws and cellphone towers.” – Chicago Tribune
This holiday film is both hysterical and relatable. These two hilariously different father-son duos will keep you laughing while also warming your heart – just in time for the holidays!