November cinema column: Everyone is a suspect for Poirot

The Murder on the Orient Express remake boasts a star-studded cast. Jason Day previews this and the best of the other November cinema releases in his monthly Reel Reviewer column for Celebrate:MK.

Kenneth Branagh stars in Twentieth Century Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”

Murder on the Orient Express (out on November 3):

Kenneth Brannagh’s Hercule Poirot sports a mighty moustache, but it’s surprising that no one thought to make sure his collars and cuffs match.

This sexed up but well cast remake (Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz) looks lavish, but the original film was sublime.

For more about that first film, read my full review online at

The Silence of the Lambs (November 3):

If you have already seen this eye-opening descent into madness on TV, catch it on the big screen.

Rookie FBI agent Jodie Foster enlists the help of deranged serial killer psychiatrist Anthony Hopkins to catch a man who is brutally murdering women.

Mind games and cat and mouse chases ensue.

Read my full review for why this is a classic at

Only the Brave (November 10):

Macho disaster drama starring Miles Teller as the newbie recruit to Josh Brolin’s firefighting team training to fight an expected wild fire, the last one of which decimated the area.

There’s been media coverage recently about Hollywood movies still depicting women in traditional roles.

This film, exciting and thrilling, but with the womenfolk at home, hardly bucks the trend.

Justice League (November 17):

I’m no follower of the Marvel or DC worlds but even I liked the trailer to this sardonic blockbuster featuring Batman, Wonder Woman and…Game of Thrones star Jason Mamoa.

I won’t ruin the film for fans by attempting to distill the plot, but it looks and sounds sharp.

Battle of the Sexes (November 24):

The real life story of the tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs captivated the world back in 1973, with Riggs’ chauvinistic showing off and King’s impeccably professional handling of him.

Emma Stone plays King and Steve Carell has a (tennis) ball as Riggs, in what looks like a gripping re-telling, set against the backdrop of women’s rights both on and off the court.

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