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‘Murder on the Orient Express,’ ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ Take on ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

There are a few new releases hitting movie theaters this weekend, but neither of them should have the power to unseat the God of Thunder. How will they perform? Here are our predictions:

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With an ensemble cast and director Kenneth Braunaugh leading the charge, Murder on the Orient Express should prove to be the adult choice this weekend. Agatha Christie remains one of the defining mystery writers of all time, and her Hercule Poirot is still a beloved character. The film skews older and is really the only appealing entry for non-genre fans. Look for Murder on the Orient Express to debut in second place with $24 million.

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One Hundred Years of Ingrid Bergman

TIFF celebrates the work of Ingrid Bergman, luminous Hollywood angel (pictured here in Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart)

Well not exactly. But August 29th will mark the one hundredth birthday of Ingrid Bergman, if she were alive. To mark the occasion, TIFF is mounting Notorious: Celebrating the Ingrid Bergman Centenary, a program featuring many of the revered actress’s best films. From Hollywood classics like  Casablanca (1942) and Notorious (1946) to the Italian neorealism of Stromboli (1950) to the amusing later vintage of Murder on the Orient Express (1974), the great Swedish actress was beautiful, talented and always keenly intelligent.

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