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  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★

    Rewatching ALIEN with Virginia last week, I can totally see why Ridley Scott saw prequel potential for the series.  I don't know whether the design and visual presence of the Astronaut was a feature in the script, or whichever particular iteration of the script that was eventually made, or an invention largely Scott's, but either way, kudos.  Particularly genius is the large-scale of our suited corpse; it's like the Nostromo advance team is off on a Gulliverian jaunt through human…

  • Aliens

    Aliens

    ★★★★

    You still got it, baby.

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★

    Docked a half-star for the digital bastardizations of two human faces.  If I wanted to see a video game I'd play video games.  It smacks of a dearth of filmmaking imagination.  Think of how much more effective the end would have been if you'd only seen Leia's back and heard her voice.  It's an even better alternative now, post-Carrie Fisher's death.

  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    ★★

    Mom: "So, what are you and Virginia seeing at the movies?"
    Me (evasively): "Uh, the new Juliette Binoche movie."