Despite a game Alicia Vikander, the reboot of “Tomb Raider” feels dusty and derivative.
The rebooting of “Tomb Raider” should have yielded something better than this decent, but uninspired attempt. It had brilliant source material to adapt from with the successful 2013 relaunch of the Lara Croft video game, and Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander gives the part her all as a gritty and intense lead. Unfortunately, the script is tonally all over the map and derives too heavily from films like “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “The Mummy.” And while its action sequences are well-shot and edited with precision, this movie has an underwritten villain, too many flashbacks, and an underwhelming tomb excavation. If there is to be a sequel, the filmmakers will need to dig deeper to ensure something great.
“Thoroughbreds” marks an auspicious debut for writer/director Cory Finley.
Coming from the world of theater, writer/director Cory Finley has made a masterful first film. His dark comedy/thriller is utterly enthralling, as much for what it doesn’t show as what it does. The story, concerning two teen girls (Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy) plotting to kill a ruthless stepdad, could have been another potboiler, like so many thrillers that have tread similar terrain. Instead, Finley creates a calm, contemplative film, full of tension and thrills done in disquieting, economical ways. More is said with looks than words, and all the violence happens off screen. It’s a sly work, both theatrical and sensitive in its portrayal of privilege and murder.
We recently had our very first special guest on with Felicity and Max. Karen Kirkland is a Creative Strategist and long-time VP of Talent Development at Nickelodeon. In this episode we talk about what makes a TV show so re-watchable and/or bingeable. Why do you keep tuning back into a show?
Tune in to our show and listen to Max, Felicity, and Karen give their thoughts on it...while sharing some laughs, wine, and good times.
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Alex Garland’s adaptation of “Annihilation” creates a world of wonder.
Powerful is the film that doesn’t spoon feed everything to its audience, especially when it comes to science fiction. That’s why writer/director Alex Garland is such an expert in the genre. In his adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s novel “Annihilation”, the filmmaker tells the story of a science expedition, led by a cellular biologist (Natalie Portman), investigating an alien force that is changing people and the environment that come into contact with it. Is this a form of evolution or eco-terrorism? Can it be controlled? And are the human/alien hybrids being created something to laud or fear? Garland answers some queries, but he also ensures his film keeps you thinking long after the credits have rolled.