Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

2017, PG-13, 114 min. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Leslie Odom Jr., Tom Bateman, Josh Gad, Penélope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Olivia Colman, Derek Jacobi, Marwan Kenzari, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo.

REVIEWED By Kimberley Jones, Fri., Nov. 10, 2017

Liberties, of course, would be taken. Every actor who’s slipped into the fastidiously polished shoes of the diminutive Belgian detective has interpreted to his own liking the part of Hercule Poirot, a character so iconic and so deeply embedded in the popular imagination that the Times saw fit to print a front-page obituary when his maker Agatha Christie killed him off. Joining the ranks of Albert Finney, Peter Ustinov, and David Suchet, Kenneth Branagh – charming, exasperating – was bound to put his own spin on Poirot, too. But, mon Dieu, did he have to make him so athletic?

Branagh not only stars in but directs this lavish adaptation of one of detective fiction’s most read and remembered works. This Murder on the Orient Express – the fourth screen adaptation this century – sets its mark high, which means it has farther to tumble. Parts of it are a gas: the drawn-out, dripping-tap introduction of the ace ensemble cast as they board the titular train in snowy Turkey circa 1931; the exquisite production design, all that fine china and luxe textiles ogled in overhead shots. But once Poirot begins investigating a murder that takes place overnight in the first-class train car, the film starts to feel like a real drag – a lot of telling not showing, not much sleuthing for the audience to do (to be fair, this is one of Christie’s least participatory whodunits), and a tonal shift away from the sprightliness of the beginning – which leaned into the elemental, endearing hokeyness – and toward a wailing self-seriousness more befitting one of Branagh’s Shakespeare adaptations. Yes, liberties will be taken, and some of them, like the unorthodox decision to stage the final reveal off-train, in a Last Supper-like tableaux, are good gambles. But turning Poirot into an action figure with a gun is simply heresy.

Showtimes

Fri., Nov. 24

9:25am, 12:20, 3:20, 6:25, 9:20

Sat., Nov. 25

9:00am, 11:55am, 3:15, 6:25, 9:20

Sun., Nov. 26

9:00am, 11:55am, 3:15, 6:25, 9:20

Mon., Nov. 27

12:55, 4:05, 8:05, 11:00

Tue., Nov. 28

3:15, 6:25, 9:20
AFA 11:55am

Wed., Nov. 29

12:30, 3:30, 6:25, 9:20

Thu., Nov. 23

10:40am, 1:50, 5:05, 8:15, 11:10

Fri., Nov. 24

9:00am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Sat., Nov. 25

9:00am, 12:20, 4:05, 7:00, 10:00

Sun., Nov. 26

9:00am, 1:00, 4:00, 6:00, 10:00

Mon., Nov. 27

1:15, 4:15, 7:10, 10:10

Tue., Nov. 28

1:15, 4:15, 7:10, 10:10
AFA 1:15

Wed., Nov. 29

1:15, 4:15, 7:10, 10:10

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Fri., Nov. 24

9:45am, 12:55, 4:20, 6:20, 9:20

Sat., Nov. 25

9:45am, 12:55, 3:40, 7:05, 9:55

Sun., Nov. 26

9:55am, 12:00, 3:25, 9:00

Mon., Nov. 27

11:35am, 2:50, 6:00, 9:00

Tue., Nov. 28

2:50, 6:00, 9:00
AFA 11:30am

Wed., Nov. 29

11:00am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:00

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Fri., Nov. 24

digital 10:40am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:40

Sat., Nov. 25

digital 10:40am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:40

Sun., Nov. 26

digital 10:40am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:40

Mon., Nov. 27

digital 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:40

Tue., Nov. 28

digital 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:40

Wed., Nov. 29

digital 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:40

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Fri., Nov. 24

digital 9:30am, 12:30, 3:40, 7:10, 10:00

Sat., Nov. 25

digital 9:30am, 12:30, 3:40, 7:10, 10:00

Sun., Nov. 26

digital 9:30am, 12:30, 3:40, 7:10, 10:00

Mon., Nov. 27

digital 12:30, 3:40, 7:10, 10:00

Tue., Nov. 28

digital 12:30, 3:40, 7:10, 10:00

Wed., Nov. 29

digital 12:30, 3:40, 7:10, 10:00

Fri., Nov. 24

digital 10:25am, 1:20, 4:15, 7:20, 10:15

Sat., Nov. 25

digital 10:25am, 1:20, 4:15, 7:20, 10:15

Sun., Nov. 26

digital 10:25am, 1:20, 4:15, 7:20, 10:15

Mon., Nov. 27

digital 12:35, 3:45, 6:55, 9:55

Tue., Nov. 28

digital 12:35, 3:45, 6:55, 9:55

Wed., Nov. 29

digital 12:35, 3:45, 6:55, 9:55

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Fri., Nov. 24

digital 11:05am, 1:55, 4:50, 7:45, 10:35

Sat., Nov. 25

digital 11:05am, 1:55, 4:50, 7:45, 10:35

Sun., Nov. 26

digital 11:05am, 1:55, 4:50, 7:45, 10:35

Mon., Nov. 27

digital 11:05am, 1:55, 4:50, 7:45, 10:35

Tue., Nov. 28

digital 11:05am, 1:55, 4:50, 7:45, 10:35

Wed., Nov. 29

digital 11:05am, 1:55, 4:50, 7:45, 10:35

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Fri., Nov. 24

digital 11:30am, 2:20, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Sat., Nov. 25

digital 11:30am, 2:20, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Sun., Nov. 26

digital 11:30am, 2:20, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Mon., Nov. 27

digital 11:30am, 2:20, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Tue., Nov. 28

digital 11:30am, 2:20, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Fri., Nov. 24

digital 10:15am, 1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:30

Sat., Nov. 25

digital 10:15am, 1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:30

Sun., Nov. 26

digital 10:15am, 1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:30

Mon., Nov. 27

digital 12:30, 3:30, 6:15, 9:00

Tue., Nov. 28

digital 12:30, 3:30, 6:15, 9:00

Wed., Nov. 29

digital 12:30, 3:30, 6:15, 9:00

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Fri., Nov. 24

11:30am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:45, 10:40

Sat., Nov. 25

11:20am, 1:55, 7:45, 10:40

Sun., Nov. 26

10:40

Mon., Nov. 27

11:30am, 2:10, 10:40

Tue., Nov. 28

11:30am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:45, 10:40

Wed., Nov. 29

11:20am, 10:40

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Thu., Nov. 23

CC 11:00am, 2:15, 5:30, 8:30

Fri., Nov. 24

CC 11:15am, 4:20, 7:30, 10:30

Sat., Nov. 25

CC 11:15am, 4:20, 7:30, 10:30

Sun., Nov. 26

CC 11:15am, 4:20, 7:30, 10:30

Mon., Nov. 27

CC 11:30am, 4:20, 7:30, 10:30

Tue., Nov. 28

CC 11:30am, 4:20, 7:30, 10:30

Wed., Nov. 29

CC 11:30am, 4:20, 7:30, 10:30

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Thu., Nov. 23

ClosedCap;HI 1:00, 3:55, 6:45, 9:10

Fri., Nov. 24

ClosedCap;HI 10:30am, 1:00, 3:55, 6:45, 9:10

Sat., Nov. 25

ClosedCap;HI 10:30am, 1:00, 3:55, 6:45, 9:10

Sun., Nov. 26

ClosedCap;HI 1:00, 3:55, 9:20

Mon., Nov. 27

ClosedCap;HI 1:00, 3:55, 6:45, 9:10

Tue., Nov. 28

ClosedCap;HI 1:00, 3:55, 6:45, 9:10

Wed., Nov. 29

ClosedCap;HI 3:55, 9:10

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Thu., Nov. 23

CC/DVS 12:25, 4:00, 7:15, 10:10

Fri., Nov. 24

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 7:45, 10:35

Sat., Nov. 25

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 7:45, 10:35

Sun., Nov. 26

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 7:45, 10:35

Mon., Nov. 27

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 7:45, 10:35

Tue., Nov. 28

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 7:45, 10:35

Wed., Nov. 29

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 7:45, 10:35

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Fri., Nov. 24

11:00am, 2:30, 6:00, 9:30

Sat., Nov. 25

11:00am, 2:30, 6:00, 9:30

Sun., Nov. 26

11:00am, 2:30, 6:00, 9:30

Mon., Nov. 27

11:00am, 2:30, 6:00, 9:30

Tue., Nov. 28

11:00am, 2:30, 6:00, 9:30

Wed., Nov. 29

11:00am, 2:15, 6:00, 9:05

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Thu., Nov. 23

CC/DVS 12:30, 4:00, 7:15, 10:20

Fri., Nov. 24

CC/DVS 12:45, 4:00, 7:15, 10:25

Sat., Nov. 25

CC/DVS 12:45, 4:00, 7:15, 10:25

Sun., Nov. 26

CC/DVS 12:45, 4:00, 7:15, 10:25

Mon., Nov. 27

CC/DVS 12:45, 4:00, 7:15, 10:25

Tue., Nov. 28

CC/DVS 12:45, 4:00, 7:15, 10:25

Wed., Nov. 29

CC/DVS 12:45, 4:00, 7:15, 10:25

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/austin/

Thu., Nov. 23

10:30am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Fri., Nov. 24

10:30am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Sat., Nov. 25

10:30am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Sun., Nov. 26

10:30am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Mon., Nov. 27

11:45am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Tue., Nov. 28

11:45am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Wed., Nov. 29

11:45am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Thu., Nov. 23

11:40am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:25

Fri., Nov. 24

11:40am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:25

Sat., Nov. 25

11:40am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:25

Sun., Nov. 26

11:40am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40

Mon., Nov. 27

2:20, 5:00, 7:40

Tue., Nov. 28

2:20, 5:00, 7:40

Wed., Nov. 29

2:20, 5:00, 7:40

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Fri., Nov. 24

11:30am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:45, 10:40

Sat., Nov. 25

11:30am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:45, 10:40

Sun., Nov. 26

11:30am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:45, 10:40

Mon., Nov. 27

11:30am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:45, 10:40

Tue., Nov. 28

11:30am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:45, 10:40

Wed., Nov. 29

11:30am, 2:10, 10:40

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar Blvd, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Thu., Nov. 23

CC/DVS 1:40, 4:35, 7:20, 10:00

Fri., Nov. 24

CC/DVS 10:30am, 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:10, 11:55

Sat., Nov. 25

CC/DVS 10:30am, 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:10, 11:55

Sun., Nov. 26

CC/DVS 10:30am, 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:10

Mon., Nov. 27

CC/DVS 11:15am, 1:40, 4:50, 7:40, 10:25

Tue., Nov. 28

CC/DVS 11:15am, 1:40, 4:50, 7:40, 10:25

Wed., Nov. 29

CC/DVS 11:15am, 1:40, 4:50, 7:40, 10:25
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