Death on the Nile
It’s really too bad this classic whodunit has been in the news because of the eyebrow-raising exploits of one of its cast members. But if you can get past the admittedly distracting presence of Armie Hammer in a sizable role, you will enjoy this throwback tale of jealousy, passion, wealth and lust. On a private paddle steamer along Egypt’s River Nile in 1937, an heiress (Gal Gadot) newly married to a dashing Brit (Hammer) has been shot in her sleep. Leave it to gruff Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh, who also directs) to sift through the intricate clues and question the suspects, which include everyone from her jealous doctor ex (an unrecognizable Russell Brand) to her longtime friend and local jazz singer (Letitia Wright), who’s hiding a secret. (Like 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, everyone in the ensemble has a chance to shine.) Partially shot on location in Egypt, the gorgeous film pops off the screen. And with Poirot’s impressive quick thinking and smarts, he’s somewhat of a superhero himself. Take that, Spider-Man!