★★★☆☆ USA / Malta. 1h54m. Mystery. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Written by Michael Green (screenplay) and Agatha Christie (“Murder On The Orient Express”). Cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos. Edited by Mick Audsley. Music by Patrick Doyle. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley.
The fourth screen adaptation of Christie’s novel, following the 1974 film, a 2001 TV film version, and a 2010 episode of the television series Agatha Christie’s Poirot. The plot follows Poirot, a world-renowned detective, as he investigates a murder on the luxury Orient Express train service in the 1930s.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h15m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by J.J. Abrams. Written by Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt. Cinematography by Dan Mindel. Edited by Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey. Music by John Williams. Starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Oscar Issac, Carrie Fisher, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow, Mark Hamill.
Set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens follows Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and Han Solo’s search for Luke Skywalker and their fight in the Resistance, led by General Leia Organa and veterans of the Rebel Alliance, against Kylo Ren and the First Order, a successor to the Galactic Empire.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h32m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by Rian Johnson. Written by Rian Johnson. Cinematography by Steve Yedlin. Edited by Bob Ducsay. Music by John Williams. Starring Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Issac, Kelly Marie Tran, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Joonas Suotamo, Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Frank Oz, Lupita Nyong’o.
The Last Jedi follows Rey as she seeks the aid of Luke Skywalker, in hopes of turning the tide for the Resistance in the fight against Kylo Ren and the First Order, while General Leia Organa, Finn, and Poe Dameron attempt to escape a First Order attack on the dwindling Resistance fleet.
★★★☆☆ USA. 2h22m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by J. J. Abrams. Written by Chris Terrio, J. J. Abrams (screenplay) and Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, J. J. Abrams, Chris Terrio. Cinematography by Dan Mindel. Edited by Maryann Brandon, Stefan Grube. Music by John Williams. Starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams.
The Rise of Skywalker follows Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron as they lead the Resistance’s final stand against Supreme Leader Kylo Ren and the First Order, who are now aided by the return of the deceased galactic emperor, Palpatine.