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Movie Review: Alien Covenant (2017) “Some Things Should Remain a Mystery”

 

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Here’s my advice to you: if you’re going to go see Alien: Covenant in the theater and you have not watched Prometheus since it came out, you will be vastly better informed if you give yourself a refresher course.  Now, if you hated Prometheus, that’s going to be a problem, because Alien: Covenant picks up 14 years after those events and the end of Prometheus spawns by far the most interesting parts of Covenant.  The quick and dirty of my opinion on Covenant, because I am going to have to get into spoiler territory a bit, is that I think two episodes into Ridley Scott’s demystification of the origins of the xenomorphs have convinced me the entire endeavor is a mistake.  Sometimes things become a lot less interesting the more you know about them (Wolverine’s origin should still be a mystery, for example).  Prometheus was gorgeous, dreamed big, was massively flawed, but was admirable in its ambition.  Covenant provides answers….eventually, but is criminally boring in getting to them with 75% of Prometheus‘ budget (no one will be calling this film “gorgeous”).  It’s not Aliens 3 or Resurrection….but, honestly, it’s not even Prometheus. Continue reading Movie Review: Alien Covenant (2017) “Some Things Should Remain a Mystery”

In Theaters This Week (5/19/2017): Alien Covenant, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4, Everything Everything

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  This week boils down to whether Alien: Covenant can shake off the Prometheus effect enough to take down Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (5/19/2017): Alien Covenant, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4, Everything Everything

Trailer Time: War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer #3 (2017) *For Freedom, For Family, For the Planet!*

 Each trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes has looked more and more impressive, and the final trailer before the film hits in mid-July doesn’t disappoint.  What Matt Reeves and Andy Serkis have achieved with these films, both in resurrecting a very, very dead franchise and in pushing the boundaries of the marriage of technology and acting, can’t be overstated.  Gollum will always be the character and performance that created mo-cap acting, but Serkis has spent even more time on Caesar.  In Caesar he’s created such a nuanced, fully-realized creation that I think the last boundaries of what can be imagined and what can be successfully transitioned to the screen are gone.  If you can imagine it, there’s a way to make it happen and make it happen brilliantly.  For that, Serkis deserves the kind of special achievement Oscar Toy Story got when it was released and changed animation forever.  Eventually, there needs to be a fifth acting category for voiceover/motion capture performance, but that exists because of Andy Serkis.  He’s quite literally changed motion pictures forever, and very few actors can have been said to ever achieved that.

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
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The film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Terry Notary and Karin Konoval. War for the Planet of the Apes opens nationwide on July 14, 2017.

Beauty and the Beast Blu Ray Special Features and Release Date Details!!!

 

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In Theaters This Week (5/12/2017): King Arthur, Snatched, The Wall

Goldie Hawn, Amy Schumer, Snatched

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  Three films have the temerity to challenge The Guardians of the Galaxy, but from the reviews, you’re better off with viewing number two of classic rock and space madness. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (5/12/2017): King Arthur, Snatched, The Wall