Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Angelina Jolie stars as a superwoman, in a 2001 movie based on a video game that’s unafraid to look absurd but lacks the self-conviction needed to come off as camp. This bears most of the earmarks of Indiana Jones movies but few of the thrills, apart from some nifty set design. It’s refreshing that the title adventuress isn’t saddled with a romantic interest, but the character has so little personality of any kind that the gains are limited. (And the characters set up to be her domestic fixtureswith shades of Batman and Star Wars and including a nerdy Brit version of Gyro Gearlooseseem more obligatory than lovable.) Simon West directed a screenplay by Patrick Massett and John Zinman. With Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor, and Daniel Craig. 105 min. (JR)

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