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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Lara punches a shark, rides a motorcycle on the Great Wall of China, and dives off a skyscraper —Matt Anderson (review...)

Jolie fits nicely into Lara Croft's boots

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First off, I like Beavis and Butt-Head. I think Mike Judge is a perceptive, witty cartoonist. He captures the essence of adolescent boys, and that essence is itself funny. Add to that Judge’s over-the-top presentation and you have great comedy. Nevertheless, that humor is hard to sustain for much longer than the attention span of an adolescent boy, which is to say, not very . . . uh . . . mmm . . . is this Wednesday?

The movie does have its dry spells, and to compensate, it has some visual gags that you won’t see on the TV episodes (presumably because they cost too much). But on the whole, the movie feels like just another episode. It’s longer, but the jokes, the characters, and the “look” are no more polished than on the TV show. If you like B&B, go see the movie. If you think they embody the death of American culture, then don’t.