Alien Covenant Review

Covenant

If you thought Logan might end up taking the crown of 2017’s most violent blockbuster movie, then here comes Ridley Scott to re-prove who the king of fantastical gore really is. Alien Covenant is a vicious and gruesome sci-fi horror, incredibly effective in that aim, but also possessing far loftier ambitions that elevate what is already a brilliant thriller. Scott has already returned to the splendidly terrifying universe he created in 1979’s Alien, with the shaky 2012 entry Prometheus, but Covenant is his first true reunion with the monstrous Xenomorph that made his name nearly 40 years ago, and he clearly relishes every second.  Continue reading

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Jackie Review

jackie

 

Tradition and longing for a distant past make up some of the key themes of Jackie, fitting for a biopic of one of the members of the closest thing America has had to a royal family. Pablo Larrain’s film examines how the always confusing grieving process is made all the more bizarre by such trappings of grandeur as Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) attempts to deal with the immediate aftermath of the assassination of JFK (Caspar Philipson). Definitely one of the best biopics of recent years, Jackie is anchored by a powerhouse performance from Portman as the iconic First Lady and filled with original and exciting filmmaking choices that separate it from the conventional awards-season period piece pack.  Continue reading