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.


Jason Bourne (**1/2): It all ends tonight…until the next movie

"This is not like Bond. We aren't just changing locales, women and suits here. It's not as gadgetty or as funny as the Mission:Impossible films became after the 2nd one, either. While those film franchises used the intensity of the Bourne franchise to catapult into something better, Damon and Greengrass took the reputation well earned by the earlier films and traded it for some quick cash as a mid-range summer blockbuster."

Ex Machina (***) – Where there’s a will…

Ex Machina - 2015 Written and Directed by Alex Garland Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno Ex Machina scratched an itch I've had since seeing that Gleeson and Isaac were added to the ever-expanding list of new actors entering the Star Wars universe. There has been a pretty good track record of actors added to the burgeoning … Continue reading Ex Machina (***) – Where there’s a will…