The 1974 version of "Murder on the Orient Express" was a time-capsule-worthy artifact of its time, a star-studded affair that brought together the likes of Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman and Sean Connery. Producer, director and star Kenneth Branagh seeks to replicate those charms in a mildly effective retelling of Agatha Christie's tale, a reasonably well-oiled machine that hits bumps in the latter stages of its journey.

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