REVIEW: Alien: Covenant

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Chris Luckett

Not counting the non-canonical Alien vs. Predator spinoffs, there have now been six movies in the Alien series — four in the story of Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley and the first two of a prequel trilogy directed by Ridley Scott.

There have been highs and middles, but even the misunderstood-at-best Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection had the benefits brought by two young, hungry directors eager to make their mark, David Fincher and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

As a result, even the less impressive Alien movies have had something fresh to offer. Alien: Covenant, as great as it is at what it does, is the first in the series that doesn’t really have a new thing to say or a new way to say it.

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Columbia TriStar

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Chris Luckett

Movie trailers have evolved a great deal over the years, from the 6-minute packages shown after moving pictures in the 1910s (hence the term “trailer”) to boundary-pushing previews preceding movies in the 1970s to the heavily promoted online launches of trailers today. Recently, the worldwide launches for the debut trailers of movies like Guardians of the Galaxy and Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation have actually been preceded in the days prior by trailers for their trailers. Continue reading

SPECIAL: The 25 Best Scary Movies (2012 Edition)

Photo: DreamWorks SKG

Photo: DreamWorks SKG

Chris Luckett

With Halloween here, you might just be in the mood for a scary movie. The nice thing is that horror movies can be found littering video store racks or on pretty much any TV channel this time of year. Finding scary movies isn’t hard; finding good scary movies, though, is a challenge. To save yourself a slog through bloody gore or the chance of an unfrightening dud, here are 25 of the best scary movies. Continue reading