REVIEW: Tomb Raider

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Chris Luckett

You know how once a plane’s going fast enough, it naturally wants to lift off the ground? Tomb Raider is a plane that’s constantly trying to take off, but no matter how fast it keeps speeding, director Roar Uthaug is intent on grounding it.

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REVIEW: Jason Bourne

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Photo: Universal Pictures

Chris Luckett

The fourth Bourne movie was way better than you remember.

The Bourne Legacy, the Jeremy Renner-starring side-quel to the original trilogy of Matt Damon’s forgetful spy, was the Ghostbusters reboot of 2012. It was torn to pieces before it even entered theatres, so despite good reviews, Bourne #4 is now barely mentioned (and when it is, usually in whispered tones, as if it’s the shameful secret of the Bourne series).

Regardless of whether you think The Bourne Legacy was over- or underrated, even those who’d prefer to forget its existence will find Matt Damon’s return to the fold after nine years, Jason Bourne, the worst in the series.

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CORE STORY: Alicia Vikander cast as Lara Croft

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Photo: The Weinstein Company

Chris Luckett

Alicia Vikander, who won an Oscar two months ago for her performance in The Danish Girl, will trade corsets for tank tops in a Tomb Raider reboot.

The character of Lara Croft was made famous by a string of popular computer games, before being memorably played by Angelina Jolie in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider — The Cradle of Life.

Earlier casting rumours for Croft circulated around Daisy Ridley (The Force Awakens), Emilia Clarke (Terminator: Genisys), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), and Cara Delevigne (Paper Towns), in addition to Vikander.

The Tomb Raider franchise was rebooted in video game form in 2013, which will now serve as the source material for the new film, to be directed by Roar Uthaug (The Wave).

Vikander will next be seen opposite Matt Damon in this summer’s Jason Bourne.

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

THE 2016 NOMINEES: Best Supporting Actress

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Photo: Focus Features

Chris Luckett

There’s just six days left until the Oscars. Have you had trouble finding time to catch up on all the nominated movies? Still want to be able to join in the Oscar conversations at work? Look no further than this six-part guide to the major categories. Today, I look at the nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.
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REVIEW: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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Photo: Warner Bros.

Chris Luckett

Movie adaptations of ‘60s TV are old hat these days. The last quarter-century has seen dozens of movies made from properties as different as The Flintstones and The Fugitive. And within those, ‘60s TV spy adaptations are arguably the most worn-out genre of all.

Between The Mod Squad, Get Smart, Wild Wild West, The Avengers (the 1998 caper starring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman), I Spy, and five Mission: Impossibles, audiences have had nearly every famous property repackaged and retrofitted for modern consumption.

If another is to stand a chance, it needs to differentiate itself from both its predecessor and its modern-day peers. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. knows this — but knowing the perfect thing to do isn’t the same thing as perfectly pulling it off. Continue reading