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SEQUEL DIALOGUE LITTERED WITH CLICHES

The newest float in the summer sequel parade belongs to Lara Croft, the swashbuckling archaeologist and British aristocrat who rose to digital stardom as the protagonist of a pioneering video game. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life emerges as just one more formulaic action film as the title character bounces around the globe in a deadly treasure hunt. The object of her search is nothing less than the original Pandora's Box, which is revealed to be some sort of intergalactic surprise package that was once the source of all life on earth but now contains the very essence of death and evil.

Last Updated: Aug 14, 2003

TOMB RAIDER STAR FINDS TREASURE IN GERMANY

In the film Tomb Raider Angelina Jolie plays a daredevil archaeologist who travels the world in search of precious relics. And it seemed like a case of life imitating art in Munich on Wednesday, as the actress finally got her hands on a special memento that has been eluding her for months. Because when Angelina arrived in Germany to present her new Lara Croft film The Cradle Of Life, she was presented with the World Video Award 2003, which she was supposed to collect in January.

Last Updated: Aug 13, 2003

LARA CROFT COUNTRY GEARS FOR TOURISTS

North Wales is preparing to welcome a deluge of movie-minded tourists all keen to follow in the footsteps of screen adventurer Lara Croft. The release on August 22 of Tomb Raider 2 is expected to trigger massive interest in Snowdonia, the location of a Chinese village in the film. Nearly a year after Angelina Jolie arrived on the shores of the lake Llyn Gwynant with 150 cast and crew members the area is about to receive international exposure and tourism agencies are at work behind the scenes to ensure that Wales receives recognition as the real star of the sequel.

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2003

PARAMOUNT CITES AOD AS CAUSE FOR FLOP

Paramount Pictures has cited the mediocre performance of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel Of Darkness as possible cause for the failure of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life at the U.S. box office this weekend where the Angelina Jolie driven motion picture netted just 21.7 million and ranked fourth. The pic, armed with its usual armada of commercial partners to help ensure a degree of success, also came under heavy criticism although most argued the sequel faired marginally better than the original.

Last Updated: Jul 28, 2003

THE CRADLE OF LIFE FAILS AT BOX OFFICE

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over came in first at the box office this weekend with $32.5 million, but the mystery remained which of four contenders would come in second. Two new films - the Angelina Jolie adventure sequel Lara Croft: Tomb Raider The Cradle of Life and the true-life racehorse drama Seabiscuit - became locked in a virtual dead-heat for the follow up slot with the recent releases Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and the action-comedy Bad Boys II.

Last Updated: Jul 27, 2003

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