Tomb Raider,” a reboot of the film series based on the popular video games, follows the same plot structure as 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.” But it’s a much better film because, quite simply (that’s easy to say on paper), it takes itself more seriously. This is perhaps a reflection of what audiences want nowadays. At the turn of the century, substance-free actioners were common – and boy are those two Angelina Jolie films light on substance and heavy on silliness — but now filmgoers appreciate a veneer of seriousness.
In the March 2018 Movies in Review episode, Michael reviews:
- “A Wrinkle in Time”
- “Love, Simon”
- “Tomb Raider”
- “Pacific Rim: Uprising”
- “Ready Player One”
With Alicia Vikander’s “Tomb Raider” relaunch now in theaters, I figured it’s a good time to watch “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” (2001), which I had seen back in the day but didn’t remember a darn thing about, and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – Cradle of Life” (2003), which I barely knew existed.
Here are 10 TV shows and movies I have high hopes for in the new year:
“The X-Files” (TV show, 8 p.m. Eastern Wednesdays, starting Wednesday, Fox) – OK, so I’m not as big on the mythology episodes lately (Haven’t we seen it all before?), but I do love me some Monster of the Weeks. And I won’t say no to an occasional Darin Morgan comedy hour either. With 10 episodes this time around (compared to six in 2016), there’s bound to be a good variety.