" Oh Corny, do you really think I’m good enough? "
— Ricki Lake, Hairspray

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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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The directorial debut by twin brothers Alex and Andrew Smith provides very mixed results. The drama revolves around the cold terrain of a rugged small town in Montana where a rambunctious teenager gets a second shot at playing football courtesy of cantankerous older man who seems to be wrestling with his own demons and is over-eager to coach some six-man games. The film overstays its welcome by a half-hour when the actors begin over-emoting precisely as the narrative runs out of steam and starts grating the nerves. It’s a bad combination that transforms a character drama with potential into a bad melodrama.