RD Rec­om­mends

Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Contents - BY SARAH LISS

Our top picks in books, movies and TV. SARAH LISS

MUR­DER ON THE ORI­ENT EX­PRESS

In this de­li­cious adap­ta­tion of Agatha Christie’s 1934 best­seller, Ken­neth Branagh plays Her­cule Poirot, the mus­ta­chioed master sleuth tasked with get­ting to the bot­tom of a death aboard a snow­bound train. The plot may be old hat to mys­tery fans, but the top-drawer cast—which in­cludes Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeif­fer and Pené­lope Cruz—makes for a first-rate, thrill-a-minute ride. Nov. 10.

ALI: A LIFE Jonathan Eig

A bruiser who re­jected war; an African-Amer­i­can hero in a time of racial dis­cord; a ti­tan be­set by phys­i­cal frailty; an ath­lete who floated like a but­ter­fly and stung like a bee. The story of Muham­mad Ali is fraught with con­tra­dic­tions, and in this thought­ful biography, jour­nal­ist Jonathan Eig ex­pertly sifts through those com­plex­i­ties. Oct. 3.

THE VAC­CI­NA­TION PIC­TURE Ti­mothy Caulfield

In 2015’s Is Gwyneth Pal­trow Wrong About Ev­ery­thing? Ti­mothy Caulfield de­bunked crack­pot health and well­ness myths es­poused by celebri­ties, es­tab­lish­ing him­self as a voice of rea­son in a sea of mis­in­for­ma­tion. With his lat­est book, the Univer­sity of Al­berta prof dives into the hard sci­ence be­hind an­other con­tro­ver­sial sub­ject: vac­ci­na­tion. Oct. 24.

TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL

The fol­low-up to Jane Cam­pion’s ac­claimed minis­eries finds De­tec­tive Robin Grif­fin (Elis­a­beth Moss of

Mad Men and The Handmaid’s Tale) in­ves­ti­gat­ing mur­der and pros­ti­tu­tion in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. It’s im­pos­si­ble to re­sist be­ing con­sumed by the core mys­tery, thanks to the laser-sharp writ­ing and the su­perb play­ers, which in­clude a de­cid­edly unglam­orous Ni­cole Kid­man. Oct. 25.

WON­DER

He may be just 11, but Van­cou­ver ac­tor Ja­cob Trem­blay

(Room) is an old hand at de­liv­er­ing mov­ing per­for­mances. In Won­der, he is Aug­gie, a kid who’s en­dured a cat­a­logue of op­er­a­tions to ad­dress his fa­cial dif­fer­ences and is steel­ing him­self to at­tend school. Play­ing his par­ents, Ju­lia Roberts and Owen Wil­son of­fer a neat bal­ance of fe­roc­ity and ten­der­ness, but it’s Trem­blay who will break your heart. Nov. 17.

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