Syndicated — Murder on the Orient Express Review

Syndicated — 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 either proves 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.

Poirot last appeared in 2013 in Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case with actor David Suchet ending a 24-year turn as the detective for the United Kingdom’s ITV.

Returning to cinemas for the first time 1982’s Evil Under the Sun, Poirot takes on the form of Kenneth Branagh who also directs a a stacked ensemble cast featuring the likes of Johnny Depp, PenĂ©lope 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 guilty criminal based solely on the guest star making the cameo.

In Murder on the Orient Express, it takes a village to come up with a master plan.

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Alice in Wonderland (2010) Review

Alice in Wonderland (2010) Review

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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Lost in the Rabbit Hole — Alice in Wonderland Review

Lost in the Rabbit Hole — Alice in Wonderland Review
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A young woman with great expectations, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself at her own engagement party.

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

Once there, the curious inhabitants wonder whether she’s the Alice of prophesy or just a coincidental namesake.

Contending with the growing prospect that she is the prophesied hero, Alice has to take up the mantle and the pressures that come with it as her journey leads her to its logical conclusion — slaying the Red Queen’s Jabberwocky.

It’s a girl-power film that sets up our heroine for a strong finish, but we’re left with an ending that’s so underwhelming, it feels less like an uppercut and more like a slap to the rear.

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