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Trash Raiders

It's rare for me to go to one new-release movie in a year, let alone two, let alone two in the same week, but that's what's been happening.

Thursday's treat was the new Tomb Raider film with Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. It had everything I love about the Tomb Raider franchise: lavish sets, gratuitous puzzles, a strong moral code and that move where you hang from a rope and shuffle along it sideways. Plus I completely failed to recognise Derek Jacobi beyond thinking 'who is that sweet old man?'

It's not going to win any Oscars but I very much enjoyed getting all excited about a Tomb Raider movie like it was 2001 (a time, let me remind you, when Daniel Craig was of significance to me only as Lara Croft's dodgy frenemy/occasional bonk).

I miss Chris Barrie as the butler, though.

Yesterday I went to Greenwich for Isle of Dogs, a weird and wonderful stop-motion puppet movie featuring the voice talent of Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum as a fox terrier and a husky respectively. It's the touching, funny and slightly disturbing story of 12-year-old Atari, who flies a tiny aircraft to Trash Island to rescue his exiled bodyguard dog and ends up unmasking a sinister conspiracy by a cat-loving dynasty. Loved it to bits.

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