Netflix’s Earthquake Bird, which hit the streaming service last Friday, uses expat life in Tokyo as the backdrop for a murder mystery. Scored by Atticus Ross, the film stars Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough, Jack Huston, and Japanese actors Naoki Kobayashi and Kiki Sukezana—the latter of whom recently played the central antagonist in AMC’s The Terror: Infamy. Ridley Scott also serves as a co-producer here, as he did with that series.

There’s a long line of Hollywood movies set in Japan, many of which betray a decidedly ethnocentric perspective. When we first meet Vikander’s character, she’s working as a translator, doing subtitles for Scott’s 1989 yakuza thriller, Black Rain. As a Netflix film, Earthquake Bird comes on the heels of last year’s The Outsider, another such thriller that cast everyone’s least favorite Joker, Jared Leto, in the role of an unlikely yakuza enforcer. In contrast to that movie’s hollow posturing, Earthquake Bird is much more grounded in some semblance of recognizable reality. It isn’t a perfect film, but parts of it ring truer than the typical “gaijin in Tokyo” flick, because it was made with an eye toward authenticity by a director who lived in Japan and an actress who committed herself to learning Japanese.

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earthquake bird trailer

Alicia Vikander has been a bit MIA since her starring role in 2018’s Tomb Raider, but she’s back with a vengeance in Wash Westmoreland‘s upcoming noir thriller Earthquake Bird. Perhaps too much of a vengeance: Vikander stars as a young expat who comes under investigation for her best friend’s disappearance — and suspected murder — after a tumultuous love triangle takes a turn for the paranoid. Watch the Earthquake Bird trailer below.

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tomb raider sequel director

Alicia Vikander‘s Tomb Raider series has found another director to lead its expedition. Ben Wheatley, who has proven to be a filmmaker to watch with critically acclaimed blackly comic thrillers like High-Rise and Free Fire, has been tapped by MGM as the Tomb Raider sequel director. The follow-up to the Roar Uthaug-directed 2018 Tomb Raider is set to come to theaters in March 2021.

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tomb raider sequel

While the Tomb Raider reboot with Alicia Vikander didn’t generate much buzz, it did well-enough at the box office worldwide for MGM and Warner Bros. to go ahead with a sequel. And they’ve hired a new writer to get the job done. Amy Jump, who co-wrote Kill ListA Field in EnglandHigh-Rise, and more, will handle the script. Plot details are still buried deep beneath the earth, but the first film was more of a prequel, so hopefully this follow-up will cut with the world-building and make with the tomb raiding.

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Four Weddings and a Funeral Sequel Cast

Toward the end of last year, we learned that a Four Weddings and a Funeral sequel was being planned as a short film to support the charitable Red Nose Day campaign. Writer Richard Curtis is back to script the sequel, and Mike Newell will be directing again, too. But let’s be honest, it’s the returning cast you’re excited to see after 25 years. And while pretty much everyone from the original movie will be back, there are a couple of new cast members getting in on the fun.

Baby Driver star Lily James and Tomb Raider leading badass Alicia Vikander will have roles in the Four Weddings and a Funeral sequel cast. And if that’s not enough, an official teaser for the short film has arrived online featuring Hugh Grant and Kristin Scott Thomas and the tease of a secret wedding. Read More »

sequel bits incredibles 2

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Alicia Vikander is down for a Tomb Raider sequel
  • Watch a video of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom being scored
  • Incredibles 2 tie-in comics will explore the lives of Parr family
  • The Rampage producers are already talking about Rampage 2
  • Behold the first poster for Netflix’s Godzilla anime sequel
  • Steven DeKnight says Bumblebee is “fantastic”

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tomb raider review round-up

The Tomb Raider review embargo has lifted, and let’s just say the critics aren’t exactly enamored with the latest big-screen Lara Croft adventure. Not even Oscar winner Alicia Vikander is enough to elevate this video game movie – although there are some kind words here and there. Our full Tomb Raider review round-up is below.

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Tomb Raider Clips

Hey, a new Tomb Raider movie is a thing that’s happening this week. Alicia Vikander (Jason Bourne, Ex Machina) stars as Lara Croft, the main character from the long-running video game franchise that follows an explorer who always seems to get caught up in danger and intrigue among historical artifacts and ruins.

Four new Tomb Raider clips have surfaced online in a last ditch effort to get audiences interested in seeing the movie, which hits theaters this weekend. Unfortunately, they’re all incredibly boring and don’t do anything to pique interest in this latest video game adaptation at all. But maybe that’s just me. See for yourself below. Read More »

tomb raider clips

New Tomb Raider clips have been released from the Alicia Vikander-fronted reboot of the popular video game franchise. And as you’d expect, they are packed full of action.

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How important is accuracy to a film adaptation of a video game? This new Tomb Raider clip from Warner Bros.’ upcoming movie reboot proves that director Roar Uthaug has absolutely nailed the visual aesthetic of the 2013 video game, but is capturing that aspect enough to pull off a successful adaptation? Check out the new clip below.
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