Tomb Raider, a featuring starring Alicia Vikander taking on the role of Lara Croft, hits Blu-ray and DVD June 12 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. One of feature’s biggest draws, along with Vikander, is director Roar Uthaug is adept at crafting character driven, humanistic stories within an epic canvas. His previous feature The Wave exemplified the merging of micro and macro style storytelling, and hopefully those elements are featured in Tomb Raider (we’ll be reviewing this title closer to its Blu-ray release). Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Kristin Scott Thomas and Daniel Wu round out the ensemble.
Tomb Raider special features include four featurettes (“Tomb Raider: Uncovered,” “Croft Training,” “Breaking Down the Rapids,” “Lara Croft: Evolution of an Icon”) that center on the making of the movie. The DVD version comes with the “Tomb Raider: Uncovered” segment.
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Director Steven Spielberg, who received his share of acclaim with The Post, hits the target once again as Ready Player Onemade over $41 million during the Easter weekend. Fellow newcomer Tyler Perry’s Acrimony came in at #2 with $17.1 million, followed by Black Panther with $11.26 million. Here’s the top 10:
1. Ready Player One – Steven Spielberg’s latest epic takes in $41.2 million. 2. Tyler Perry’s Acrimony – $17.1 million 3. Black Panther– $11.26 million 4. I Can Only Imagine – Faith based drama collects $10.75 million. To date it’s made over $55 million domestically. 5. Pacific Rim Uprising – Action epic co-starring John Boyega and Cailee Spaenychecks in with $9.2 million. 6. Sherlock Gnomes – $7 million 7. Love, Simon – $4.8 million 8. Tomb Raider – Box office misfire starring Alicia Vikander collects $4.7 million. 9. A Wrinkle in Time – $4.6 million 10. Paul, Apostle of Christ – Religious epic, centering on the lives of Paul (James Faulkner) and Luke (Jim Caviezel) takes in $3.5 million. The project, budgeted at $5 million, has amassed $11.5 million stateside to date.
With the Tomb Raider franchise being rebooted, Alicia Vikander takes on the Lara Croft role played by Angelina Jolie in the original movies. When it came to preparing for the role, though, Vikander had one big advantage over Jolie: She grew up playing the Tomb Raider video games upon which the films are based.
It was the director Alex Garland’s taught sci-fi thriller Ex Machina which turnedAlicia Vikander’scareer around, and in the ensuing years she received an Oscar nod for her work in The Danish Girl and starred in the underrated drama The Light Between Oceans.
Tomb Raider is yet another big challenge for Vikander, since she not only takes on the shoes filled by original franchise star Angela Jolie, but she also has the responsibility of doing justice to adventurer Lara Croft. Millions of gamers and cinephiles are waiting to see if Vikander has the right stuff to pull off the role. One of the many great news is the film is directed by Roar Uthaug, the Norwegian filmmaker who received heaps of praise for his excellent and refreshingly character 2015 disaster feature The Wave.
Click on the media bar to hear Vikander talk about the joys of playing the “bad ass” being known as Lara Croft:
Co-starring Walton Goggins, Tomb Raider opens nationwide March 16.
Initially set for release in 2016, Tulip Fever is finally upon us and sans much fanfare. That being said, the picture boasts an all-star cast and is directed by Justin Chadwick, the filmmaker behind 2014’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) is the credited writer.
Set in 17th century Amstersdam, the story centers on an orphaned girl (Alicia Vikander) who is forced to marry a powerful merchant (Christoph Waltz). After entering an affair with a painter (Dane DeHaan), she and her lover attempt to make a fortune in the tulip bulb market and be free from the merchant’s grasp. Zach Galifianakis, Jack O’Connell, and Cara Delevingne round out the A-list cast.
Since reviews of the film are not allowed until the day of its nationwide release (September 1), all signs are pointing that Tulip Fever may have missed its creative mark. But signs can be deceiving, check out the just released red band trailer, judge for yourself, and feel free to comment below!!