Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ***
George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Harrison Ford resurrect one of America's greatest heroes and update his story seamlessly into the late 1950s with mostly positive results. A slam-bang beginning, great action, and humor-with sly references to the older Indy films-degenerates into an unengaging mystery surrounding the fictional crystal skull and a baffling CGI ending.
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The man with the bullwhip and the world's greatest fedora is back.
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" opens this weekend, as Indy returns as cinema's bravest archaeologist.
Fans will once again dream of becoming thrill-seekers themselves, and now a new book, "The Indiana Jones Handbook" by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese (Quirk, $18.95), offers tricks of the adventurer's trade.
Survival tips include:
¢ How to escape when you're accidentally entombed. ("Stay calm.")
¢ How to lash yourself to a periscope with a bullwhip.
¢ How to run on top of a moving train.
¢ How to identify booby traps. ("When in doubt, don't touch.")
And the all-important:
¢ How to avoid the wrath of God.