Short takes

"Murder on the Orient Express."

Coming soon

Scheduled to open in area theaters next weekend (Nov. 10) are:

Daddy's Home 2: In this inevitable sequel to the 2015 hit, father/stepfather Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) join forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. Alas, their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s ultra-affectionate and emotional dad (John Lithgow) arrive just in time to throw the holiday into the requisite complete chaos. John Cena co-stars.

Murder on the Orient Express: A remake of the all-star 1974 film version of the Agatha Christie classic, which featured Albert Finney as the mustachioed Hercule Poirot. The role of the Belgian detective is taken over here by Kenneth Branagh, who also found time to direct. A la the 1974 version, the suspects embroiled in a slaying on board the famous train comprise another all-star gathering: Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena, Leslie Odom Jr., Tom Bateman, Lucy Boynton, Derek Jacobi, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz, Sergei Polunin and Willem Dafoe.

Film clips 

Freebies: The Illinois State University Department of Sociology & Anthropology's continues its film series focusing on "Food Justice and Sustainability" with Cafe, showing free at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Normal Theater. Filmed over the course of a year in the Nahuatl village of Cuetzalan, Mexico, the film "brings a deliberate and poetic sensibility to ritualistic daily moments marking life in this mountain village" ... Last but not least, the Six-Week Film School's fall session at the Normal, "From Alice to Silence: The Scorsese Style," concludes at 7 p.m. Wednesday with a free showing of 2016's Silence, hosted by ISU film professor, William McBride.

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