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Jason Solomons joins Jane Hill to talk about this week's cinema releases, including Tomb Raider, The Square and Mary Magdalene.


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That's all coming up

in Six Nations Sportsday at 6:30pm

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with me, Olly Foster.

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But now on BBC News,

it's time for The Film Review.

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Hello, and welcome to

The Film Review on BBC News.

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To take us through this week's

cinema releases is Jason Solomons.

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Good to see you, Jason. What have

you been watching?

This week, we

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will go to raiding, and cliffhanging

with the new Lara Croft in Tomb

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Raider. Look at the meaning of art

and find our inner ape in Swedish

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satire The Square. And we dip into

biblical times for the real story of

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Mary Magdalen, as played out Rooney

Mara opposite Joaquin Phoenix as

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Jesus.

What a mixture! Tomb Raider

is back. Did they need to remake

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this?

Well, it wasn't very good the

first time! Often they do remakes of

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things that are really good and you

think, why have they ruined it? That

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they may be trying to get this

right, because Lara Croft has dated

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terribly, the effects are bad and it

was never quite right. Tomb Raider

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was sort of a teenage fever dream

for many boys who used to play that

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has a game when it was early

computer games, and they've now

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changed the whole figure of Lara

Croft for this new actress, who I

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happen to think is fantastic, she's

beautiful, gorgeous, that she has

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got this strength to her and let it

race which she needs, because she

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has done a lot of running in this

movie. She is slumming it in

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Shoreditch when we doing this, but

then we find out she is the daughter

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of a billionaire, who is played in a

flashback. She has to go and sign

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the papers which means that she will

inherit his fortune.

That was

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that's?

Yes, Miss Croft. According

to his will, I was supposed to give

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it to you. And technically speaking,

you are meant to sign the papers

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first.

I could never understand your

father's obsession with those

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things.

I can't believe how many of

those were lying around the house,

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there's got to be some purpose to

it.

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The first letter from my final

destination.

But he didn't leave a

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letter.

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Well, they've got all the great

British act is in there as well,

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they've lined them all up!

They are

only in it for a bit, I have to say,

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for the money, I think! She goes off

on her quest, this is a quest movie,

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she goes hunting with clues that her

father has left her, these riddles,

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which you might start of solving

them yourself in your head, but

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don't bother, because they don't

make in a sense, really! It's just

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another level of the game that she

goes to. She goes to Hong Kong, and

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then she is pursued, which is all

very good, then she has to go to a

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remote Japanese island on a ship,

and survived a storm, going down a

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waterfall and solving another

puzzle. She does a lot of jumping

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and then she does a lot of dangling.

LAUGHTER

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You know, it's a bit grip on factor!

-- krypton factor. Considering the

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indignities heaped upon her and

ridiculous scenario is thrown at

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her, I was mesmerised by how

brilliant she is at this. She brings

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a politics strength to it. She's got

great apps, fantastic skills with a

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bow and arrow when she's far, far

better than the film she is in.

I

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wondered whether you were getting to

that. She is great, but is it worth

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seeing apart from her? It's very

kinetic, the best I can say for it

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is it keeps hurling staff at Paul

Alicia Vikander.

But the climatic

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Tomb Raider is almost laughable, it

looks like something that you get on

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the back of the cereal packet!

Is

that what this has all been about

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with Lexmark

maybe there will be

more Tomb Raiders and maybe they

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will get them better! They will keep

trying. I'm loving the sound of the

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next one, it sounds intriguing. It

won the Palm d'Or at Cannes and has

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taken a year to get here but it was

nominated as best foreign-language

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film at the Bass does. -- at the

Baftas, much of it was not in

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Swedish. Elisabeth Moss is in this.

It features one of the great scenes

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of the year, which we are seeing

here. An American actor comes in as

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an artist. It is an art world

satire, this is an art gallery

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benefit dinner. He comes in to do a

performance piece but takes it far

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too far. Here he is kind of goading

Dominic West. It's about finding our

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in that year. It's a satire on the

art world. Alpha can be dated,

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what's the point of art, is it

ridiculous? This is about modern

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art. It's about the curator of this

gallery that we're seeing here. He

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loses his mobile phone, and his life

completely falls apart and unravels.

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It really is a sort of film

predicated on that.

Is that in the

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category of first world problems?!

It is very much about white male

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privilege and what it is to be a man

in the privileged world. Like here

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they are in their black ties, and he

is an artist. This scene goes on for

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11 minutes and you can't stop

watching, it's extraordinary, but

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you don't go how to react to it.

It's all about, what would you do in

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that situation? It keeps throwing

moral quandary is accurate. It's

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very funny, but also very

thought-provoking, perhaps a bit too

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provoking, like the poking Dominic

West in the ear.

You have been to

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see Mary Magdalen as well.

It is

Easter coming up, time for a Passion

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story. This is reported to tell for

the first time the story of Mary

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Magdalen, who has been cast as a

prostitute since Pope Gregory in 591

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declared that she was a prostitute,

which is apparently wrong, she

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wasn't. This film aims to correct

that and show the Jesus story

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through the eyes of the only female

disciple, Mary Magdalen, played by

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Rooney Mara who leaves her fishing

village and follows the son of God.

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Mary.

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Each of you stand that the

threshold. Do you fear that you will

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never reach the kingdom?

Whose

kingdom?

You know as only are you

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do, there's only one true kingdom.

And that is God. And God's kingdom

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has taken root. So we must prepare.

We must wash away the stains of your

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corruption. And be born in you. --

born and new. Like children. I have

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been hidden for too long.

I'm not

sure what to say about that they!

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You can see why her father would be

upset if she went to follow him,

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this kind of hairy bloke who's

really boring! Whatever you think

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about the Bible, there's no denying

it's got some great lines in it. Why

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this film hasn't got any of them is

a mystery to me. It is

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extraordinarily dull.

Is it a long

couple of hours?

Absolutely so dull

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you would not believe it! It even

looks dull, it has got this Seppi

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town tablecloth fashion with the

Stones everywhere in the desert. At

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one stage it was the greatest story

ever told, when it was in Hollywood,

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now it's just the most boring story

ever told. It's extraordinary what

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it does, trying to rectify it and

make it a story for a new age, kind

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of a story for everyone, it won't

offend Catholics, Christians,

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Muslims or even atheists.

Is it

trying to be too careful, is that

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part of the problem?

It is trying to

tiptoe over any heresy. People

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boycotted modern course is off --

Martin Scorcese's full. Any film

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that makes you cry for Mel Gibson

has got it wrong! It makes you think

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of Monty Python all the time! There

are scenes when people are going,

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Messiah, Messiah! You know what,

he's not the messiah might

I do wish

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you'd say what you really think,

Jason! So that's a long two hours

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and will leave it at that!

I don't

think this will make a lot of money

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at the box office. I think faith

-based audiences will go and be

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completely mystified as to what this

was about. It is a passion of the

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Christ without any passion.

What

should we be going to see?

You've

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got to see Black Panther, you've got

to see it now at the cinema, it is

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becoming a cultural event, people

are seeing it for a five times, it

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has broken records at the box

office, it is changing the way that

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audiences are going, black audiences

are flocking to it, families are

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enjoying the representation. It is a

great superhero movie, it's sexy,

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it's it citing, it's funny, -- it's

exciting. People are hollering at it

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in the cinema. If you haven't been

to a Marvel movie in the cinema,

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this is the one to go and see.

And

DVD of the week is also so lovely. I

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will admit, I cried at Paddington 2!

But it's a delight, it's an absolute

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sweet, delightful, charming,

sometimes silly but just lovely,

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lovely, lovely.

Beautifully done, he

is in his little outfits, wondering

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around. Paddington End didn't win

best British film at the Baftas,

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that went to three billboards. This

is one of the best British films

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we've ever made.

And how good is

Hugh Grant?! Is fantastic!

Sally

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Hawkins is great in it, the whole

Brown family, the whole look of it

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is perfect, it's a work of genius,

Paddington 2, and when did you cry?!

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I cried at the end! I'm not going to

give anything away for anyone who

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hasn't been its.

If you want a

marmalade sandwich, you can't have

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one!

It's very sweet, wonderful. A

mixed week but an interesting one.

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Decent, good to see you, thank you.

That is it for this week. Enjoy your

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cinema going android DVD watching.

It's terrific, honestly! Thanks for

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being with us, goodbye. -- and your

DVD watching.

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