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For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

Agatha Christie’s classic mystery “Murder on the Orient Express” is the major fall-movie opening this weekend, along with a Will Ferrell farce and a handful of art-house features, one of which features a deaf Utah teenager in her first film role. Oh, and, of course, last week’s blockbuster “Thor: Ragnarok” will likely offer quite a bit of competition.

“Murder on the Orient Express” (PG-13). Kenneth Branagh directed and stars as Agatha Christie’s fussy Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in this period piece, remaking the 1974 thriller about a murder onboard the titular train and no shortage of suspects. The ’74 film boasted an all-star cast that included Sean Connery, Lauren Bacall and earned an Oscar for Ingrid Bergman. This one has a 21st century all-star cast, led by Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Daisy Ridley, Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi and Josh Gad.

“Wonderstruck” (PG). A young deaf girl (Utah actress Millicent Simmonds) in 1927 runs away from her New Jersey home to connect with her absent mother (Julianne Moore), a famous actress. The film toggles between this story and another about an orphan in 1977 who runs away from his Minnesota home in search of his father. With Michelle Williams.

  

“Daddy’s Home 2” (PG-13). In this sequel, Brad (Will Ferrell) and Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) have made peace with their relationship, after goofball Brad married macho-man Dusty’s ex-wife (Linda Cardellini) in the first film. Here, as the holidays approach, the guys must deal with their own fathers (John Lithgow and Mel Gibson, respectively). With John Cena.

“Faces Places” (PG). Filmmaker Agnès Varda, now 89, and photographer/artist JR traveled around rural France and captures portraits of a variety of people they encountered for this unique documentary. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Tom of Finland” (R, in Finnish with English subtitles). This biographical drama is about Touko Laaksonen, a Finnish artist who became famous after returning from World War II for his gay pornography. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)