DOCOTR STRANGE 2 is in the works at Marvel

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DOCOTR STRANGE 2 is in the works at Marvel

It has been a while since we had any solid news on a follow-up to 2016’s Doctor Strange. Now a new rumour from THR points to work on the sequel finally being underway.

According to the report director Scott Derrickson has inked a deal to return to Marvel Studios. Whilst a writer is currently being sought to work on the script it’s being planned that the film will enter production in 2020.

Disney and Marvel are said to have the movie pencilled in for a May 2021 release date which will be confirmed further down the line.


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Kevin Feige confirms DOCTOR STRANGE 2 will happen

The first Doctor Strange movie landed in theatres all the way back in 2016. Despite being another hit for the Marvel dream factor there has been no news on a potential sequel. Until now.

Now Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has confirmed there are plans for sequel in the future.

Speaking with Cinema Blend Feige says “Sometimes it’s where do those characters pop up? [Doctor] Strange, you know, whenever we do another Strange one, which we will do, it will be a number of years from the first Strange, and yet he’s a very big part of Infinity War.”

So now we know a sequel is coming. Could it form part of the upcoming Phase 4 announcement?


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TOMB RAIDER home video specs revealed

Following a moderately successful run at the worldwide box office Tomb Raider has been officially announced on home video. The film will hit the US market on Digital HD will hit on May 29th, followed by a 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray release on June 12th.

The special features for the release are as follows:

Special Features:

  • Tomb Raider: Uncovered – The cast and crew reveal the challenges – and the fun – of bringing Lara Croft’s thrilling adventures of life for a new generation.

  • Croft Training – Enter the gym with Award winning actress Alicia Vikander as she prepares for the most physically demanding role of her career and transforms into the iconic action hero Lara Croft.

  • Breaking Down the Rapids – Join Director Roar Uthaug as he and other members of the cast and crew break down the film’s most exciting action set piece.

  • Lara Croft: Evolution of an Icon – Explore the revolutionary TOMB RAIDER saga from video games to movies, and discover how Lara Croft became one of the most popular and successful female characters of all time.

No news yet on dates for the UK or international releases but you can check out previews of the cover art below.

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Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander (‘The Danish Girl’) as Lara Croft. Vikander will be joined by Daniel Wu (‘Warcraft’), Walton Goggins (‘Django Unchained’) and Dominic West (‘300’) as Lord Richard Croft. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug based on a script from Geneva Robertson-Dworet

Tomb Raider is in cinemas worldwide now!


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‘Tomb Raider’ review

Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander (‘The Danish Girl’) as Lara Croft. Vikander will be joined by Daniel Wu (‘Warcraft’), Walton Goggins (‘Django Unchained’) and Dominic West (‘300’) as Lord Richard Croft. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug based on a script from Geneva Robertson-Dworet

Tomb Raider is in cinemas worldwide now!

Synopsis

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years earlier. Hoping to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance, Croft embarks on a perilous journey to his last-known destination — a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. The stakes couldn’t be higher as Lara must rely on her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit to venture into the unknown.

Review

I’ve been a fan of the Tomb Raider franchise from the very first game. I played the first handful of games on PC before switching with the series to Xbox later in life. I’ve played right up to date with Rise of the Tomb Raider.

This new reboot of the movie arm of the franchise had me intrigued from the beginning. How would the game which inspired it translate to film? Following a younger, greener Lara through the harrowing experience of being stranded on an island and forced to fight for her life could easily have made for torture porn on screen.

The result of Roar Uthaug’s efforts to bring the game to life is an interesting mix of proto-Indiana Jones and a direct adaption of the game itself. Screenwriter Geneve Robertson-Dworet has done a good joke of evoking the overall feeling of the game albeit with some narrative diversions to the source material.

Sadly some of these narrative diversions weaken the strength of Lara’s character. It seems there was a difficulty in balancing the homage to the video game with crafting a narrative worthy of a Hollywood movie. Unfortunately a more palatable narrative comes at the cost of its characters.

I’m talking specifically about the plot surrounding Lara’s relationship with her father and how this plays out particularly through the films third act. Though it makes sense to the story it does feel like one compromise too many for the franchise main character.

Speaking of Miss Croft, Alicia Vikander is perfect for this contemporary version of the character. She embodies the 2013 version of Lara Croft with ease. At times it was difficult to remember I was watching a film and not cut scenes from the game itself.

The voice is near perfect and her characterisation is a little more comedic for the sake of the films tone. Most importantly she is able to portray the action with a level of conviction which helps ground a story of this nature in reality.

The prerequisite screams and she drops off cliffs or over the edge of waterfalls is befitting of the video game hero.

Dominic West comes off a little overly posh as Richard Croft. This is possibly the biggest role we’ve seen for Lord Croft in any version of the franchise. Their relationship comes off as fractured but with enough heart to keep it believable even in the more fantastical moments.

Walton Goggins gives the scenery a good chewing as Vogel. For the films villain he’s surprisingly short on screen time. At times his motivations are a little thin. For instance: why was he on the island in the first place? As an audience we have a vague idea what Trinity wants but not before we’ve travelled across the globe to find it.

Supporting cast members Daniel Wu and Kristin Scott Thomas are the only others given much development. Their roles do help to flesh out this new Tomb Raider world but at the same time they feel a little two dimensional. Whilst Wu fills in for the group of friends Lara heads to Yamatai with in the game he too suffers from a lack of screen time. Scott Thomas will clearly be an important player in the expected sequel so hopefully the writers have in mind a lot more for her character down the line.

Amazingly this is not a CGI heavy movie. Scenes of the Endurance ship crashing on to the rocks of Yamatai are overly dark, possibly to hide some bad imagery. What we do see was perfectly convincing to me. My heart was in my throat watching Lara leap from the boat before it was ripped to shreds by the waves.

Aside from this CGI is mainly used to augment the scenery to add to the films aesthetic. The traps in the caves of Yamatai are suitably ripped form the video games. Likewise the underground temple is impressive whilst another slightly under-lit moment in the film.

The action scenes are well choreographed and equally well executed. There’s not as much action as I would have hoped so would like to see more in the sequel. What we do get is enough to whet the appetite. Moments like Lara’s first kill evoke the same feelings are playing the games which helped me empathise with Vikander as Lara.

The score is provided by Junkie XL. Here he is truly channelling his mentor Hans Zimmer and it definitely works in the films favour. The music lifts ever-so-slightly above the doldrums of random Hollywood blockbuster to create something a little more interesting. It’s never strays too far in to the electronic and doesn’t rely on heavy beats to punctuate the action.

There’s no definite themes here though. Also don’t expect the classic Lara Croft theme from the first games to make an appearance.

Verdict

Tomb Raider is a perfectly enjoyable piece of escapism. It’s not going to win any Oscars but it’s a well acted, well made adventure piece. It could have been more exciting and it could have been ground breaking. But it could also have been awful. There’s not wrong with just simply being okay.

6/10

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‘Tomb Raider’ expands to $126m worldwide!

Tomb Raider has opened this weekend with an estimated $126m worldwide. Though the news in North America that the film opened to $23.5m is a little disappointing the news elsewhere is much more encouraging.

The film has opened in second place in the US falling slightly short of Black Panther which holds the top spot for a fifth consecutive week. Panther took in an approximate $27m to hold on to the top spot. It’s continues its hugely successful run as the only Marvel movie to last more than three weeks in the top spot.

Tomb Raider has added an impressive $84.5m internationally. Highlights from this weekend include a $41.1m from China for Warner Bros. seventh largest opening ever in the market. The film also made $4.4m in Russia, $4.2m here in the UK and $3.2m in France and had $2.1m debuts in Germany, Mexico, Australia and Brazil. It opens this week in Japan on Wednesday, March 21.

The film had previously opened in several markets last weekend.

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Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander (‘The Danish Girl’) as Lara Croft. Vikander will be joined by Daniel Wu (‘Warcraft’), Walton Goggins (‘Django Unchained’) and Dominic West (‘300’) as Lord Richard Croft. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug based on a script from Geneva Robertson-Dworet

Tomb Raider is in cinemas worldwide now!

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’Tomb Raider’ reviews are in!

Tomb Raider hits cinemas today and finally the review embargo has lifted. Whilst the reviews are decidedly mixed, as of writing the films holds a score of 52% on aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.

Here are some excerpts from major reviews:

USA Today
Plot and character development fall off a cliff between crazy action — Lara goes flying down a waterfall and through a rusted aircraft in one scene and runs an obstacle course later on that would make Indiana Jones flinch. But there are some fun moments that are welcome when they come, and Vikander boasts amazing abs and insane traps for a highly physical role that diversifies her résumé compared with the more thespian-ready stuff (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl). That said, her leaping in superhuman fashion over a crumbling crevasse tests the limits of belief suspension. Tomb Raider isn’t subtle in planting seeds for sequels. With this fumble as the first outing, though, it’s game over already.

The Los Angeles Times
Most significantly, perhaps, this “Tomb Raider” arrives at a moment when female protagonists are far better represented in mainstream American action cinema than they were when the Jolie movies were released. Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor may remain the most venerable examples of this tradition, but fans now have Wonder Woman, Imperator Furiosa and Katniss Everdeen — who, like Lara Croft, wields a mean bow and arrow. They have the women of “Black Panther” and “Annihilation,” plus Alice from “Resident Evil.” They have Captain Marvel to look forward to. None of this abundance dilutes the basic satisfaction of watching Vikander’s Lara shed her nice-girl inhibitions and embrace her destiny, even if that means predictably swinging, leaping, hacking and punching her way through another assembly line of perils. It’s hardly the first or last time Hollywood has plundered one of its own long-dormant properties, but it’s also a reminder that not every resurrection has to feel like a desecration.

Independent
In its lesser moments, this revival of Tomb Raider feels as ill-advised as that of the recent Tom Cruise vehicle, The Mummy. Neither brings anything new to franchises that would have better been left undisturbed for a few more years. Vikander is striking enough as Lara Croft to make the role her own, to banish memories of Angelina Jolie (and perhaps to justify further instalments) but the film itself is strictly by the numbers.

The Wrap
Since the genre of video games-turned-into-feature films has inflicted some real doozies on audiences, “Tomb Raider” towers above most of its peers by being merely OK. By any other measure, this is a saga of fits and starts, and we can only hope for smoother sailing if the film inspires the sequels it clearly hopes to engender.

Entertainment Weekly
Uthaug also manages to work in a few genuinely cool visual tricks, though the dialogue, from a serviceable script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons is strictly standard; a mix of clunky action-movie exposition and winking Indiana Jones-style humor. The final revelation easily leaves room for a sequel, which has already been floated (Vikander herself has said she’d be honored to reprise it). Though that, of course, will depend on something far more unpredictable than any Death Queen: the fickle whims of the movie-going public.

Guardian

In the course of all this, Lara will undergo all sort of Indiana Jones-esque challenges and ordeals, a borrowing so casual and widespread that it’s easy to forget that it is actually derivative. There is hardly a stone surface anywhere in the film that will not grindingly reveal a trapdoor, a recessed panel, or a large metal spike – and all with a certain mysterious engineering that provides for a considerable amount of movement without a power source, in the much-loved and time-honoured manner. And throughout Vikander maintains a kind of serene evenness of manner. Blandness is Lara’s theme.

IGN
It’s a shame to see the trend of poor game-to-movie adaptations continue with a character as great as Lara Croft. In this new Tomb Raider origin story, Lara’s singular drive to find her father falls flat because their relationship isn’t interesting, and that failure is compounded by a lackluster story and characters. The MMA-style fight scenes and her more adventurous action sequences do give Alicia Vikander a great chance to show off her physical prowess, but without a convincing motive, Lara comes across as shallow. A few interesting puzzles and death traps are too little, too late to save Tomb Raider from mediocrity.

US Weekly
Tomb Raider sets itself up neatly for a sequel. Part II needs to switch gears and hone in all the crowd-pleasing thrills that come with an A-level adventure franchise. Think Raiders of the Lost Ark. The Marvel movies. Jumanji. Otherwise, the film should stay buried.

The Hollywood Reporter
When all the one-dimensional supporting characters and familiar action moves fall by the wayside, the one thing left standing is Vikander. Slim and not tall, she doesn’t cut the figure of a muscled powerhouse, but here she fully embodies physical tenacity and grit, along with absolute determination not to give in or up. The film strains credulity even for a vid-game fantasy by letting the leading lady recover awfully quickly from bad injuries, but other than that Vikander commands attention and is the element here that makes Tomb Raider sort of watchable.

Variety
“Tomb Raider,” let’s be clear, is hokum: brisk but derivative, a compendium of jungle-chase pulp spun into something stylishly watchable. Yet when a movie like this one is made with a semblance of the human touch, and when it gives an actress as alive as Vikander a chance to carve out a true character instead of just inhabiting a series of stronger-than-life poses, you walk out feeling honestly entertained rather than jittery with overkill. It’s something that shouldn’t be so rare: escapism that breathes.

 

Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander (‘The Danish Girl’) as Lara Croft. Vikander will be joined by Daniel Wu (‘Warcraft’), Walton Goggins (‘Django Unchained’) and Dominic West (‘300’) as Lord Richard Croft. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug based on a script from Geneva Robertson-Dworet and will hit cinemas on March 16th 2018.

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‘Tomb Raider’ director Roar Uthaug interview

All this week we’re taking a deep dive on the press kit for Tomb Raider. Today we continue our look at the film via an interview with the director Roar Uthaug. Watch as Uthaug discusses his character memories of the game franchise as well as his involvement with the movie.

Check back later in the week for more interviews and footage from the film!

Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander (‘The Danish Girl’) as Lara Croft. Vikander will be joined by Daniel Wu (‘Warcraft’), Walton Goggins (‘Django Unchained’) and Dominic West (‘300’) as Lord Richard Croft. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug based on a script from Geneva Robertson-Dworet and will hit cinemas on March 16th 2018.

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‘Tomb Raider’ interview with Walton Goggins

All this week we’re taking a deep dive on the press kit for Tomb Raider. Today we continue our look at the film via an interview with the films villain Walton Goggins. Watch as Goggins discusses his character Mathias Vogel.

Check back later in the week for more interviews and footage from the film!

Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander (‘The Danish Girl’) as Lara Croft. Vikander will be joined by Daniel Wu (‘Warcraft’), Walton Goggins (‘Django Unchained’) and Dominic West (‘300’) as Lord Richard Croft. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug based on a script from Geneva Robertson-Dworet and will hit cinemas on March 16th 2018.

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Interviews with ‘Tomb Raider’ stars Alicia Vikander and Daniel Wu

Yesterday we brought you the first clips from Tomb Raider. Today we continue our look at the film with interviews featuring stars Alicia Vikander (Lara Croft) and Daniel Wu (Lu Ten). Watch as the stars discuss their roles and how the long-running computer game franchise was brought to life on film for a new generation.

Check back later in the week for more interviews and footage from the film!

Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander (‘The Danish Girl’) as Lara Croft. Vikander will be joined by Daniel Wu (‘Warcraft’), Walton Goggins (‘Django Unchained’) and Dominic West (‘300’) as Lord Richard Croft. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug based on a script from Geneva Robertson-Dworet and will hit cinemas on March 16th 2018.

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8 ‘Tomb Raider’ clips released

Tomb Raider hits cinemas in just ten days time. In readiness for release day Warner Bros. has released its press kit promoting the film. Across the week we’ll be bringing you interviews and other snippets from the films cast and crew.

Today we’ve got eight clips from the film for you to spoil yourself with. Check them out in the players below!

Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander (‘The Danish Girl’) as Lara Croft. Vikander will be joined by Daniel Wu (‘Warcraft’), Walton Goggins (‘Django Unchained’) and Dominic West (‘300’) as Lord Richard Croft. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug based on a script from Geneva Robertson-Dworet and will hit cinemas on March 16th 2018.