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Captive State (**) is a long shot

“Wyatt and co-writer spend so much time setting up the labyrinthian plot, we are allowed little time to invest in learning much about any particular character. The end result plays more sterile than it probably should. The surprise we’re expecting is more of an obligation than a relief. “

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Alpha (**) Doesn’t have a dog in the hunt

This film will not stick with me too much beyond this week, to be sure. It’s just another approximation of stuff we’ll never be able to prove.  Hughes might want to stick with future apocalypse stuff like The Book of Eli, since most of his work seems to be based on stuff placed for effect more than researched. At least the future hasn’t occurred for us to see he’s kind of playing us for effect.

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Tomb Raider (**) feels like an audition

It’s hard to say who this film is marketed towards. Croft is muscular and angular. There are almost no curves. Teenage boys who played the first game are old enough to have grand kids playing the game now. Not sure which of the generations need to feel pride in the accomplishments of a scrappy Croft who is not as sure of herself till just before the credits roll.