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Movie Review: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Is Bloody, Intense & Thought-Provoking

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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s the sequel to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, which was itself a prequel to Scott’s Alien, Alien: Covenant finally brings the familiar xenomorph monsters back to the big screen, but also with plenty of new ideas. In an age where most remakes and reboots tends to bank hard on nostalgia, Scott’s latest Alien picture attempts to do more than just present the same scenes with better visual effects.

Yes, you will see a face-hugger creature attach itself to someone’s face, plant an egg and birth a baby xenomorph alien via the chest of a human. But the familiar scene comes with a much different tone and fascination, as the android David (Michael Fassbender) observes with curiosity and amazement. He stands upright in front of the beast, to which the slimy creature mimics. Are the aliens more intelligent than they’re given credit for? Such questions are fun to ponder in a film, which could have been nothing more than a slasher picture in space, despite being quite strong at this genre as well.

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The xenomorphs are back and grosser than ever.

You may recall that David was one of the few survivors from the previous movie and he’s been busy trying to decipher some of the unanswered mysterious from the last picture. What happened to those pale giants that piloted spaceships and what was with the black plague that infected that one giant at the beginning of Prometheus? Scott’s script answers some of these questions, but not all of them, still leaving us with plenty of material for our brains to chew and theorize about.

While David tries to find a deeper meaning of the universe, there’s a more human and action-packed story at play with the arriving colony ship dubbed the Covenant. They’re on their way to a colony-worthy planet, but are not as keen about getting back into the sleep chambers after a system malfunction causes one of their deaths. David’s planet seems much more acceptable to them, despite the wise Daniels (Katherine Waterston) being aware of horror movie logic. She knows the convenient planet with the muddy signal of a John Denver song is a terrible planet to investigate and risk the lives of the crew. Of course, her crew will ignore her so the movie can proceed with the slaughter.

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Katherine Waterston has her work cut out for her.

When a handful of colonists venture down to the planet, they unwittingly become hosts to xenomorph aliens via a black gas-like virus that quietly sneaks its way into the human body. Wait a few minutes and out pops a baby xenomorph, be it from the spine, the throat or the classic route of the chest. Naturally, the xenomorph aliens come out with claws and teeth, ready to devour the unfortunate humans that stumbled onto their planet.

Not all the visitors are human. The android of Walter (also Michael Fassbender) accompanies them to the planet, designed after David. Once Walter and David meet, it’s a fascinating meeting of two minds. Walter is sure of his emotions and allegiance towards the colonists, while David has spent so much time contemplating life and his purpose for being to look down on humans.

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He might need to see a doctor.

The two of them, incredibly distinct for both being played by the same actor, have the best scenes that tap a little deeper into the theology of the aliens and our place in the universe. If you’ll recall, David was previously sent on a mission to discover the origins of human life that may be present in other galaxies. Since that movie, he has had plenty of time to think about these mysteries and comes to some troubling conclusions with mad scientist results.

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Have you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. 😉

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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