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At the Movies: March 16

March 15, 2018

Tomb Raider

Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years earlier. Hoping to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance, Croft embarks on a perilous journey to his last-known destination -- a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. The stakes couldn't be higher as Lara must rely on her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit to venture into the unknown.

PG-13. Fantasy/Action. Directed by Roar Uthaug. 2h 2m.

What the Internet Says

What makes Vikander's interpretation work is that this new-and-somewhat-improved ‘Tomb Raider’ has been conceived as both a back-to-basics origin story and a smart, forward-thinking spin on a character with a tricky representational history.” – Los Angeles Times

“The movie is full of vine-swinging, bow-and-arrow-shooting, ancient-spirit-meeting action, but most of it is staged on a convincing human scale, one that’s been expertly tailored to its star’s understated directness.” ­– Variety

Our Take: Sci-fi/fantasy and action movie aficionados – and serious gamers, this film reboot is for you. Those who have played and enjoyed the video game, will see several resemblances throughout the film – you won’t want to miss this one. 

Love, Simon

Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon Spier (Nick Robinson), it's a little more complicated. He hasn't told his family or friends that he's gay, and he doesn't know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he's fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Also starring, Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel.

PG-13. Drama/Romance. Directed by Greg Berlanti. 1h 50m.

What the Internet Says

“All in all, Love, Simon is a modern teen classic for a new generation, one that blends a coming out coming-of-age tale with an equally romantic storyline.” – Screen Rant

“Story-wise, the movie moves along well, telling a surprisingly intricate tale of crushes and secret identities.”­ – Vanity Fair

Our Take: Funny and heartfelt, “Love, Simon” is a modern tale geared toward a new generation. This coming-of-age film is as enjoyable as it is relatable. We’ll definitely be seeing this one…

Flower

Rebellious, quick-witted Erica Vandross (Zoey Deutch) is a 17-year-old firecracker living with her single mom, Laurie, and her mom's new boyfriend, Bob, in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley. When Bob's mentally unbalanced son, Luke, arrives from rehab to live with the family, Erica finds her domestic and personal life overwhelmed. With Luke and her sidekicks Kala and Claudine in tow, Erica acts out by exposing a high school teacher's dark secret.

R. Drama/Comedy. Direct by Max Winkler. 1h 33m.

What the Internet Says

The reason that so much of “Flower” works as well as it does is because it’s anchored so deeply by Deutch’s performance, which effortlessly dances on that razor’s edge between sympathetic and insufferable.” – The Wrap

Our Take: The film’s coming-of-age perspective is unique, and gives off a thought-provoking vibe – we think it could be really interesting to see.

Watch the trailer here.