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That's all coming up
in Six Nations Sportsday at 6:30pm
with me, Olly Foster.
But now on BBC News,
it's time for The Film Review.
Hello, and welcome to
The Film Review on BBC News.
To take us through this week's
cinema releases is Jason Solomons.
Good to see you, Jason. What have
you been watching?
This week, we
will go to raiding, and cliffhanging
with the new Lara Croft in Tomb
Raider. Look at the meaning of art
and find our inner ape in Swedish
satire The Square. And we dip into
biblical times for the real story of
Mary Magdalen, as played out Rooney
Mara opposite Joaquin Phoenix as
What a mixture! Tomb Raider
is back. Did they need to remake
Well, it wasn't very good the
first time! Often they do remakes of
things that are really good and you
think, why have they ruined it? That
they may be trying to get this
right, because Lara Croft has dated
terribly, the effects are bad and it
was never quite right. Tomb Raider
was sort of a teenage fever dream
for many boys who used to play that
has a game when it was early
computer games, and they've now
changed the whole figure of Lara
Croft for this new actress, who I
happen to think is fantastic, she's
beautiful, gorgeous, that she has
got this strength to her and let it
race which she needs, because she
has done a lot of running in this
movie. She is slumming it in
Shoreditch when we doing this, but
then we find out she is the daughter
of a billionaire, who is played in a
flashback. She has to go and sign
the papers which means that she will
inherit his fortune.
Yes, Miss Croft. According
to his will, I was supposed to give
it to you. And technically speaking,
you are meant to sign the papers
I could never understand your
father's obsession with those
I can't believe how many of
those were lying around the house,
there's got to be some purpose to
The first letter from my final
But he didn't leave a
Well, they've got all the great
British act is in there as well,
they've lined them all up!
only in it for a bit, I have to say,
for the money, I think! She goes off
on her quest, this is a quest movie,
she goes hunting with clues that her
father has left her, these riddles,
which you might start of solving
them yourself in your head, but
don't bother, because they don't
make in a sense, really! It's just
another level of the game that she
goes to. She goes to Hong Kong, and
then she is pursued, which is all
very good, then she has to go to a
remote Japanese island on a ship,
and survived a storm, going down a
waterfall and solving another
puzzle. She does a lot of jumping
and then she does a lot of dangling.
You know, it's a bit grip on factor!
-- krypton factor. Considering the
indignities heaped upon her and
ridiculous scenario is thrown at
her, I was mesmerised by how
brilliant she is at this. She brings
a politics strength to it. She's got
great apps, fantastic skills with a
bow and arrow when she's far, far
better than the film she is in.
wondered whether you were getting to
that. She is great, but is it worth
seeing apart from her? It's very
kinetic, the best I can say for it
is it keeps hurling staff at Paul
But the climatic
Tomb Raider is almost laughable, it
looks like something that you get on
the back of the cereal packet!
that what this has all been about
maybe there will be
more Tomb Raiders and maybe they
will get them better! They will keep
trying. I'm loving the sound of the
next one, it sounds intriguing. It
won the Palm d'Or at Cannes and has
taken a year to get here but it was
nominated as best foreign-language
film at the Bass does. -- at the
Baftas, much of it was not in
Swedish. Elisabeth Moss is in this.
It features one of the great scenes
of the year, which we are seeing
here. An American actor comes in as
an artist. It is an art world
satire, this is an art gallery
benefit dinner. He comes in to do a
performance piece but takes it far
too far. Here he is kind of goading
Dominic West. It's about finding our
in that year. It's a satire on the
art world. Alpha can be dated,
what's the point of art, is it
ridiculous? This is about modern
art. It's about the curator of this
gallery that we're seeing here. He
loses his mobile phone, and his life
completely falls apart and unravels.
It really is a sort of film
predicated on that.
Is that in the
category of first world problems?!
It is very much about white male
privilege and what it is to be a man
in the privileged world. Like here
they are in their black ties, and he
is an artist. This scene goes on for
11 minutes and you can't stop
watching, it's extraordinary, but
you don't go how to react to it.
It's all about, what would you do in
that situation? It keeps throwing
moral quandary is accurate. It's
very funny, but also very
thought-provoking, perhaps a bit too
provoking, like the poking Dominic
West in the ear.
You have been to
see Mary Magdalen as well.
Easter coming up, time for a Passion
story. This is reported to tell for
the first time the story of Mary
Magdalen, who has been cast as a
prostitute since Pope Gregory in 591
declared that she was a prostitute,
which is apparently wrong, she
wasn't. This film aims to correct
that and show the Jesus story
through the eyes of the only female
disciple, Mary Magdalen, played by
Rooney Mara who leaves her fishing
village and follows the son of God.
Each of you stand that the
threshold. Do you fear that you will
never reach the kingdom?
You know as only are you
do, there's only one true kingdom.
And that is God. And God's kingdom
has taken root. So we must prepare.
We must wash away the stains of your
corruption. And be born in you. --
born and new. Like children. I have
been hidden for too long.
sure what to say about that they!
You can see why her father would be
upset if she went to follow him,
this kind of hairy bloke who's
really boring! Whatever you think
about the Bible, there's no denying
it's got some great lines in it. Why
this film hasn't got any of them is
a mystery to me. It is
Is it a long
couple of hours?
Absolutely so dull
you would not believe it! It even
looks dull, it has got this Seppi
town tablecloth fashion with the
Stones everywhere in the desert. At
one stage it was the greatest story
ever told, when it was in Hollywood,
now it's just the most boring story
ever told. It's extraordinary what
it does, trying to rectify it and
make it a story for a new age, kind
of a story for everyone, it won't
offend Catholics, Christians,
Muslims or even atheists.
trying to be too careful, is that
part of the problem?
It is trying to
tiptoe over any heresy. People
boycotted modern course is off --
Martin Scorcese's full. Any film
that makes you cry for Mel Gibson
has got it wrong! It makes you think
of Monty Python all the time! There
are scenes when people are going,
Messiah, Messiah! You know what,
he's not the messiah might
I do wish
you'd say what you really think,
Jason! So that's a long two hours
and will leave it at that!
think this will make a lot of money
at the box office. I think faith
-based audiences will go and be
completely mystified as to what this
was about. It is a passion of the
Christ without any passion.
should we be going to see?
got to see Black Panther, you've got
to see it now at the cinema, it is
becoming a cultural event, people
are seeing it for a five times, it
has broken records at the box
office, it is changing the way that
audiences are going, black audiences
are flocking to it, families are
enjoying the representation. It is a
great superhero movie, it's sexy,
it's it citing, it's funny, -- it's
exciting. People are hollering at it
in the cinema. If you haven't been
to a Marvel movie in the cinema,
this is the one to go and see.
DVD of the week is also so lovely. I
will admit, I cried at Paddington 2!
But it's a delight, it's an absolute
sweet, delightful, charming,
sometimes silly but just lovely,
Beautifully done, he
is in his little outfits, wondering
around. Paddington End didn't win
best British film at the Baftas,
that went to three billboards. This
is one of the best British films
we've ever made.
And how good is
Hugh Grant?! Is fantastic!
Hawkins is great in it, the whole
Brown family, the whole look of it
is perfect, it's a work of genius,
Paddington 2, and when did you cry?!
I cried at the end! I'm not going to
give anything away for anyone who
hasn't been its.
If you want a
marmalade sandwich, you can't have
It's very sweet, wonderful. A
mixed week but an interesting one.
Decent, good to see you, thank you.
That is it for this week. Enjoy your
cinema going android DVD watching.
It's terrific, honestly! Thanks for
being with us, goodbye. -- and your