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Tomb Raider Review: Alicia Vikander Almost Breaks the Video Game Curse

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Though entertaining in the moment and briskly paced, Tomb Raider never overcomes feeling like a video game that you watch instead of play.

The Tomb Raider video games have been around since 1996 and first made the jump to the big screen with a pair of Angelina Jolie-led movies in the early 2000s. 2018’s Tomb Raider is a reboot of the film series that, like the reboot game released in 2013, imbues the globe-trotting archaeological adventure title with a greater sense of realism, yet retains its pulpy feeling. With Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander assuming the role of protagonist Lara Croft and Roar Uthaug – director of the acclaimed Norwegian natural disaster thriller
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Love, Simon Review: A Modern Teen Rom-Com Classic

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Love, Simon is a funny, heartfelt, and truly touching teen romantic comedy that instantly becomes a modern classic for today’s generation.

Hollywood has always loved adapting popular novels to the big screen. In the last two decades, it has seemed that adaptations of young adult novels have been on the rise, with studios finding success in the realm of sci-fi/fantasy especially with Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games. However, young adult fiction – that is, fiction not in the sci-fi/fantasy genre – has also seen success when adapted to the big screen, especially in the case of The Fault in Our Stars, though there have been others that have ...

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Gringo Review: This Is How To Waste A Great Cast

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Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton and David Oyelowo in Gringo

Gringo is a messy, confused entry in the crime genre that wastes its stellar ensemble on an uninspired narrative and leaves minimal impact.

Gringo is the latest project from director Nash Edgerton, a longtime Hollywood stuntman who has also helmed a number of short films in his career. With this movie, he’s making the jump to feature-length pictures, accompanied by an all-star cast that includes his brother Joel Edgerton, David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, and Sharlto Copley. In marketing, Gringo was positioned as some kind of off-kilter dark comedy revolving around a weed pill and a kidnapping in Mexico, but the end result is something a little ...

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A Wrinkle in Time Review: Disney’s Latest is a Beautiful Misfire

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A Wrinkle in Time offers an engaging family-friendly sci-fi adventure, but falls short of reaching the potential of its talented cast and director.

Ever since her Academy Award-winning 2014 film Selma, director Ava DuVernay has been one of the most sought-after filmmakers in Hollywood. After Selma, rumors indicated DuVernay was eyed for both Marvel Studios’ Black Panther and a Star Wars movie at Lucasfilm, though she didn’t end up directing either. Instead, she stayed under the Disney umbrella and worked with screenwriter Jennifer Lee to bring an adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel, A Wrinkle in Time, to life. Originally published in 1962, L’Engle’s tale of sci-fi adventure aimed ...

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Death Wish Review: Bruce Willis Isn’t Back Yet

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Death Wish is woefully generic fare that’s tonally confused in its storytelling, bland in its direction, and doesn’t bring much new to the table.

A remake of the 1974 film of the same name, Death Wish pairs aging action icon Bruce Willis with director Eli Roth (Hostel, The Green Inferno) to bring the classic tale of vigilante justice to modern audiences. Once one of the biggest stars of the genre, Willis has had a rough go of it lately with a string of underwhelming vehicles the last handful of years. The hope going into Death Wish was that it could be a comeback vehicle for the actor, joining the ranks of recent throwback genre pictures that ...

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