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Murder on the Orient Express: An average mystery with a star-studded cast

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Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express” paints a suitable picture of a classic murder mystery. It stars Branagh as the famed detective Hercule Poirot and he has one of the most talented ensemble casts you’ll see all year. Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Leslie Odom Jr., Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Willem Dafoe play a group of passengers on the Orient Express, a train in which Poirot finds himself on in search of a short vacation from solving mysteries. Branagh’s direction of Orient Express creates a sinister atmosphere after the train finds itself caught in an avalanche and ends up stuck in the mountains, leaving the passengers and Poirot all trapped together with a dead man, who was killed the in the middle of night. Poirot then must investigate every person as everyone becomes a suspect. While the movie focuses intently on the mystery…

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Film shines the “Spotlight” on ugly truths

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“Spotlight” does more than just entertain those interested in journalism, it also educates viewers on one of the longest running scandals in one of the worlds largest institutions, the Catholic church. This film is the true story of how the spotlight investigative team from the Boston Globe uncovered and reported on the rampant molestation happening between church officials and young boys and girls. The movie doesn’t sanitize any facts or first-hand stories, and neither did the original article that was published in the Globe on Jan. 6, 2002. The movie has stood up to the fact checkers since its release in theaters and it’s refreshing to see such a serious problem gaining more attention, because although many people know about the scandal there are still plenty hair-raising figures uncovered by the four-person spotlight group. The cast, featuring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams, won the Screen Actors Guild (SAG)…

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