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saw: murder on the orient express

Branagh has bestowed levity upon cumbersome material before (the unexpectedly fleet Thor) but here his light touch feels at odds with his inclination to grapple with the exigencies of the British Empire. Equally at odds: the lush digital visuals and the cramped, almost play-like screenplay. The movie concludes with an obligatory nod to additional whodunits. If enough midwestern moms board this murder train, I hope the potential Egypt-set sequel has a bit more fun with its cast. Grade: B

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