At the Cinema: Murder, treasure, songs and love

At the Cinema: Murder, treasure, songs and love

By Vanessa Hansen

2 February 2022

Directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, "Death on the Nile" reunites Branagh with writer Michael Green ("Logan," "Jungle Cruise") and the much-loved source material of Agatha Christie. Branagh reprises his role as Hercule Poirot with Tom Bateman returning as Bouc – a departure from the novel.

Viewers are taken on a journey aboard the S.S. Karnak as newlyweds, Linnet Ridgeway Doyle (Gal Gadot) and Simon Doyle (Armie Hammer), celebrate their nuptials amongst the prying eyes of a jilted lover and a boatload of affluent passengers. The honeymoon is cut short and as the body count rises, it’s up to Poirot to unravel the lies and reveal the killer before another life is lost.

The much-anticipated film is another COVID casualty. It was first set for a December 2019 release before being pushed to dates in 2020 and 2021. The star-studded cast also includes Letitia Wright, Annette Bening, Jennifer Saunders and partner-in-crime Dawn French.

This isn’t the first film adaptation of "Death on the Nile." The 1978 outing featured Peter Ustinov, Bette Davis, Mia Farrow and Dame Maggie Smith. The latest adaptation may have big shoes to fill, but looks set to stand on its own. "Death on the Nile" starts at Camana Bay Cinema on 11 February.

still from Death on the Nile
Gal Gadot in Death on the Nile

If you can’t get enough of Tom Holland (I mean, who can?) then get ready for "Uncharted," starting on 18 February. Based on the video game, the film also stars Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas and Sophia Ali. Nathan Drake (Holland) befriends Victor Sullivan (Wahlberg) and together they embark on a treasure hunt of epic proportions. As it turns out, they’re not the only ones on the hunt. With heart-stopping stunts and quick-witted dialogue, "Uncharted" will keep you on the edge of your seat.

With "Sing 2" out last month, why not revisit the original in February? A family favourite, "Sing" features dozens of popular songs from "Golden Slumbers" to "Firework." Financially strapped theatre owner, Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey), is about to lose everything with the bank ready to foreclose. He hatches a plan to save the theatre by hosting a talent show with a cash grand prize. An unfortunate typo by his assistant raises the stakes and chaos ensues. This feel-good animated adventure will have your feet tapping and the whole family singing along. Catch "Sing" as one of the Kids Club features on 26 February.

Before the Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” meme, there was "The Notebook." The adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks best-selling novel tells the tale of star-crossed lovers Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams) who meet and fall in love one summer break. Bring your tissues and be ready for beautiful storytelling that will have you ugly-crying by the end. See "The Notebook" for one showing only on 8 February.

This article will also appear in the February 2022 print edition of Camana Bay Times.

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