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De­troit (MA 15+) Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the race ri­ots that oc­curred in De­troit 50 years ago, in 1967, cen­tres on the shock­ing events that went down at the seedy Al­giers Mo­tel where three un­armed African-Amer­i­cans were killed by white po­lice who later weer ac­quit­ted of mur­der. Di­vided into three sec­tions, the film is at its best when de­pict­ing the aw­ful events in the mo­tel. DAVID STRAT­TON Mur­der on the Ori­ent Ex­press (M) Ken­neth Branagh plays Agatha Christie’s fa­mous de­tec­tive Her­cule Poirot with the most spec­tac­u­lar mous­tache in screen his­tory, and also di­rects this new ver­sion of the au­thor’s trick­i­est mys­tery, pre­vi­ously brought to the screen in 1974 with Al­bert Fin­ney as Poirot. The new film is easy to take, and there are some good per­for­mances (Johnny Depp as an odi­ous Amer­i­can for one), but it’s all very old-fash­ioned and at­tempts to open out the ma­te­rial seem a lit­tle des­per­ate. DS Borg vs McEn­roe (M) This is a fas­ci­nat­ing sports biopic by Dan­ish di­rec­tor Janus Metz about ten­nis stars Bjorn Borg (played by Sver­rir Gud­na­son) and John McEn­roe (Shia LaBeouf). On ap­pear­ance, and on the court, one is a su­per­cool Swede, the other a cranky Yank. Yet un­der­neath they are al­most iden­ti­cal, at least as pre­sented in this film. Like the best sports movies, this one is not about what hap­pens on the pitch or track or in the pool. That’s there, of course, but it’s sec­ondary to an ex­plo­ration of the psy­cho­log­i­cal make-up of elite ath­letes. It isn’t nec­es­sar­ily a pretty story. “It’s life and death to you,’’ Borg’s coach (Stel­lan Skars­gard) says to him. He’s talk­ing about ten­nis. He’s right. It’s what he wants. It’s why Borg is so good. But there is a price to pay. Ten­nis is far from Hol­ly­wood’s favourite sport. But Borg vs McEn­roe is worth catch­ing. STEPHEN ROMEI

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