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GAMEON “The Tomb Raider Trilogy” (Square Enix) “The Tomb Raider Trilogy” collects the three most recent main-series games in the long-running franchise: “Tomb Raider: Legend,” “Tomb Raider: Anniversary” and “Tomb Raider: Underworld.” “Legend” and “Anniversary” are both several years old, but both games have been remastered in 720p for this collection. “Underworld” was released on the PS3 in 2008 and is unchanged. There’s little reason for anyone who owns these three games already to pick up the new collection, but those who don’t will find three good action-adventure games to puzzle through as globe-trotting heroine Lara Croft visits lost cities, ancient ruins and underwater caverns, facing threats both mundane and mystical. There are minor differences between the games, but in each Lara will possess a pair of pistols, among other weapons; a retractable grapple for swinging from, pulling on and climbing up objects in the environment; and the agility and strength to get around in rather inhospitable environments laden with traps, puzzles and other hazards. Grade: C —Justin Hoeger, McClatchy Newspapers (MCT) © 2011, The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.). Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
SPIRITEDBRUIN by tien thuy ho One of my closest friends at UCLA is Eva Mak, who is graduating this week after being a Bruin for three years. She is going to the University of Chicago Law School this fall. Here are some words from her on graduating and the future. It’s very hard for me to say what I am going through at the moment. It feels like I just started college, and now it seems that I may never come back to the place I have called home for the last three years. I have grown so much from the time I started at UCLA. College here is kind of the interim period between your childhood and reality. On one hand, you’re making decisions on your own, and on the other, you are surrounded by a campus community that literally holds your hand through all the adult decisions and experiences you may encounter. I feel like I have been faced with a choice in college. I could have taken the easy route, enrolled in the easiest classes and the most practical major while finding a decent job after college near my hometown. But I didn’t. I tried one of the hardest majors, took the hardest courses, created events and ideas and contributed towards reforming UCLA as a target school for employers. I have found that I had to break through my protective bubbles if I were to experience and make something of myself in the world. And that is what scares me the most about the future. I am forgoing the familiar, the comfortable, the easy and most common routes to forge my own future. I’ll be in a foreign city again with people I have never met before in an academically rigorous environment with no certainties. I will be alone and lost, it’ll be a sink or swim environment. I do not know where I will be in the next five years, but that’s the beauty of it. I am so convinced that I am meant to do something great in this world that I am willing to risk the familiar to achieve whatever that might be. I am sad to leave the place where I was able to transform myself into a productive member of society, but the future holds greatness and I’m excited to head wherever that leads me.
(IFC) Who doesn’t love a road trip? One hand on the wheel, a heavy foot on the gas, adventure around every turn and miles of open road unfolding before you; it’s one of life’s great pleasures. But perhaps no road trip is quite Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in The Trip as enjoyable as one taken with people who make you laugh and, thanks to two brilliant British comedians, that is the sheer joy of watching The Trip. Originally broadcast in the UK as a six-part sitcom series, The Trip reunites director Michael Winterbottom with stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. The trio previous collaborated on Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, where the actors played similarly inflated versions of their public personas. Coogan is once again the narcissistic, hedonistic, lady-charming but lonely comedian unable to escape his most famous role, Alan Partridge, or break out as a true superstar; while Brydon is a happily settled-down family man with the ability to impersonate almost anyone, a feat which is winning him enough acclaim to start eclipsing Coogan. The film begins with Coogan inviting Brydon to accompany him on a road trip through Northern England’s lake country to experience some of the best fine dining the area has to offer. (English fine dining? See, it’s funny already.) From there, Winterbottom sweeps the audience along as silent passengers, watching as the pair bicker and bond against the backdrop of emerald green countryside or over a plate of impeccably prepared haute cuisine. There’s little plot to follow, simply the pleasure of watching two great actors carry the viewer from moments of hilarity to quiet bittersweet humanity. Feeling at times like a hilarious, hyper-intimate version of Jon Favreau’s series, “Dinner for Five,” each meal grounds the film, offering glorious glimpses of food porn but also forcing the actors, who largely improvised The Trip, to settle in for a mano y mano that brings out some of the film’s best comedic moments as they attempt to one-up each other, most notably in a brilliant battle of Michael Caine impressions (Brydon’s is so diabolically spot-on, so as he says, “stunningly accurate,” with your eyes closed, you could be watching Alfie or The Dark Knight). Considering Winterbottom’s most recent effort was the highly controversial Sundance offering, The Killer Inside Me, it’s lovely to see the director, whose work has ranged from 24 Hour Party People to Welcome to Sarajevo, offering up a film that’s smart, funny and unhurried. Now, that’s a good trip. Grade: A—Sasha Perl-Raver The Trip releases in select theaters June 10.
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Published on Jun 8, 2011