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Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander makes a persuasive Lara Croft in the new-and-somewhat-improved 'Tomb Raider'

Alicia Vikander makes a persuasive Lara Croft in the new-and-somewhat-improved 'Tomb Raider'

The Oscar-winning Swedish actress Alicia Vikander has a talent for liberating her characters from states of confinement, emotionally if not physically. Those who noticed her before her big Hollywood breakthrough might recall the vividness of her performance as an uncomfortably corseted Danish queen in “A Royal Affair” (2012). Even more impressive was her work in the 2015 science-fiction thriller “Ex Machina,” in which she turned a meticulously designed female android into an eerie post-human imitation of life.

With “Tomb Raider,” a sturdy, serviceable new action extravaganza inspired by the popular video-game adventures of Lara Croft, Vikander has risen to meet a similar...

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