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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CORE STORY: Noomi Rapace returning for Prometheus sequel after all

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Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Chris Luckett

Noomi Rapace’s character Dr. Elizabeth Shaw was one of the few to survive Prometheus, but the official word has long been that she would not be returning for the sequel, Alien: Covenant. That no longer looks to be true. Continue reading

REVIEW: Exodus: Gods and Kings

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Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Chris Luckett

In one way, it’s been a great year for religious and spiritual films, with 2014 already having given us Noah, Heaven is for Real, Son of God, God’s Not Dead, Mom’s Night Out, Persecuted, When the Game Stands Tall, The Identical, and The Book of Life. In another way, though, it’s been a terrible year for faith-based films, as almost all of the aforementioned movies were bad, if not outright terrible. Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings may be another Biblical movie in a long string of them, but it’s also better than most.

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