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TOMB RAIDER 2018- The Flick Fanatics

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TOMB RAIDER (2018)

Alicia Vikander is the video game inspired adventurer Lara Croft in the new action film “TOMB RAIDER’.

Starring:

Alicia Vikander-Lara Croft

Walter Goggins- Mathias Vogel

Dominic West-  Lord Richard Croft

Alicia Vikander has taken over the mantel of Lara Croft in this prequel/reboot of the video game inspired film franchise. This time we are introduced to a younger Lara who has denounced her family fortune out of spite for her father leaving her for an adventure and never returning. Croft pays the bills being a bike messenger. She accepts a challenge of a “fox hunt” where she has to elude the other messengers until a paint bucket runs out to win money to pay her rent. It was a good plan and she was about to win when she ran into a police car landing her in jail.

 

Ana Miller (Kristin Scott Thomas), family friend running the Croft Foundation since Richard’s disappearance, walks in to bail Lara out. Lara agrees to come and sign the papers the transfer the company to her so that the family doesn’t lose everything. Part of Richard’s will was a puzzle the Lara solved releasing a key. The key opened a secret room under the family crypt where Richard had been working on solving the mystery of Himiko.

Himiko was the Japanese goddess of death, reportedly able to kill with a touch. She was buried alive in a tomb that was hidden from the world on an uncharted island in the far east. Richard had tapes, maps and journals documenting his research and the location of the tomb. On his video he tells Lara to destroy all his notes so they don’t fall into the hands of the evil corporate raiders of Trinity. Lara combs through the research and sets off to Japan to find out what happen to her father.

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Darkest Hour Review- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic.com)

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DARKEST HOUR

Gary Oldman is amazing as the British Prime minister responsible for holding back the Nazi invasion in the new war drama “Darkest Hour”.

It is the early days of WWII, Hilter and his Nazi soldiers are invading France on their way to England. The Governing body has lost faith in the Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup) and plan to appoint the stern cigar smoking, drinking politician Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman).

Churchill is trust into leadership with Hitler preparing to kill the entire English army on the shores at Dunkirk. He must also deal with a monarch King George VI (Ben Mendelsohn) who doesn’t trust him and placed Viscount Halifax in his war council to keep tabs on Churchill.

The only support Winston has is from his wife Clementine (Kristin Scott Thomas) and his new secretary Elizabeth Layton (Lily James) and the people of England. Two of my favorite scenes from “Darkest Hour” are the mission Churchill has to save the English army from Dunkirk using local fisherman and the other was Winston jumping on the underground and talking with the locals on his way to Buckingham Palace. It was charismatic as Churchill met with each person and gauged their fears and concerns about the war. Churchill then blindsides Halifax and talks of peace, with a rousing speech to the house that has England ready to fight!

Oldman and Thomas are spectacular and will be brought up during award season for the roles of Winston and his wife Clementine. Darkest Hour is a fabulous war drama and is a must see this winter!

Rated PG-13 (Language, smoking)

Running Time 125 mins

Rating 6/6 flags