Movie review: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ a star-studded whodunit – The ESO Network

A group of strangers board the luxurious Orient Express for what appears to be an uneventful train ride to Istanbul. Then, a storm creates an avalanche that traps all these passengers in the mountains. In the middle of the night one of these passengers is murdered. With the train stuck in the snow and a killer on the loose, no one on board the train is safe. This is just the sort of mystery for Hercule Poirot, novelist Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective, played this time by Kenneth Branagh. The brilliant but eccentric detective must solve the case by the […]

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It’s time to Ragna-rok and roll! Thor goes cosmic in latest MCU film – The ESO Network

For better or worse, the Marvel Cinematic Universe films always follow a certain template. They have a similar look and feel, and a similar style of humor. I happen to really like this formula, and I think it still leaves plenty of room for variety (i.e. the heist feel of “Ant-Man,” the trippy, psychedelic elements of “Doctor Strange,” etc.). While the latest, “Thor: Ragnarok” (out in theaters now), is still very much an MCU movie, it is the film that perhaps veers the farthest from the Marvel template that we’ve seen before (perhaps even farther than “Guardians”!) With a lot […]

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Beyond a galaxy far, far away: My favorite new canon Star Wars novels – The ESO Network

Although I’m definitely known as “the movie gal” amongst my friends, I really love books too. And since one movie a year isn’t nearly enough Star Wars for me, 😉 it’s nice to have Star Wars novels to help tide me over. A lot of the Star Wars books I’ve read in the past are now, unfortunately, non-canon; Disney retired the old Expanded Universe novels — with characters like Mara Jade, the Solo twins Jacen and Jaina, and Luke’s son, Ben Skywalker — when they decided to make more movies. While I was originally sad about this, I understand that […]

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Not-so-freaky Friday: Movies to watch for the Halloween weekend that aren’t (too!) scary – The ESO Network

I’m a real wimp when it comes to horror films. Just the trailer for the new “It” movie — which I had to see while watching a different movie this summer — was enough to make me cover my eyes and want to cower beneath my chair (scary clowns — just…no). However, I do love Halloween, and there are plenty of fun, not-too-scary films to watch for the holiday. Here are some of my favorites — and of course there’s also “Stranger Things” season 2 to binge this weekend! Shaun of Dead Director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and […]

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‘Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me!’ Is Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise still relevant? – The ESO Network

October has already been a busy month for movie/entertainment geeks: buzzworthy new trailers for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and Marvel’s “Black Panther”; a highly praised sequel to a sci-fi classic, “Blade Runner 2049”; “Spider-Man: Homecoming” coming to home video; and the ongoing debate about what we think of the new Star Trek series, “Discovery,” as well as the new streaming service we have to watch it on, CBS All Access. So it’s perfectly understandable that some may have missed the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which slipped out on DVD on Oct. 3. […]

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