‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is a lavish romp

This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Johnny Depp in a scene from, "Murder on the Orient Express." (Nicola Dove/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express ” is a visual feast, bursting with movie stars, glamour and production value so high, you might just exit the theater experiencing some time-warp whiplash. Certainly no studio would make a straightforward, classical whodunit with a budget the size of a modest superhero pic (and no superheroes to speak of) nowadays, you think. What year is this anyway?

Showtime with a splash

Sebastian, performed by Kenny McMurphy, dances with Ariel, performed by Summer Gardner, during a rehearsal for “The Little Mermaid” on Wednesday at the Civic Auditorium. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

A collection of more than 100 local performers and a 25-member orchestra will bring Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” to life beginning this weekend in a series of shows at the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium.

High-energy sound

John Welsh Band Courtesy Idaho Falls Arts Council

The John Welsh Band will bring a high-energy blend of Latin, West African, reggae and folk rock to an intimate Idaho Falls gathering Nov. 16.

‘Lady Bird’ shows a perfect slice of teenage life

This image released by A24 Films shows Saoirse Ronan in a scene from "Lady Bird." (Merie Wallace/A24 via AP)

Lady Bird is obsessed with place. Her place in the world, in her Catholic high school, in her school play, in her own family and in her unglamorous hometown of Sacramento (“the Midwest of California”) and the even more unglamorous part she lives in. She craves sophistication in a way that she can’t quite put into words or actions, beyond a vague desire to go to an East Coast college, but is certain that whatever she has in her middle-class existence in 2002 isn’t it.

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