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  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant


    Alien: Covenant is almost three movies in one... a rivalry between not completely identical twins, a gory bughunt, and a rehash of Paradise Lost. It's just hard for each to make any headway when competing for screen time with the others.

    Like so many other movies in this genre -- even other Alien movies -- basically there's a ship of people that gets a "message in a bottle" which they decide to go investigate, they find more than they bargained…

  • The Mist

    The Mist


    "The Mist" is one of the better Stephen King adaptations, although it's bitten in the butt a bit by its low production budget -- the monsters shown up close unfortunately look fake (not much better than the original "Walking with Dinosaurs" Discovery channel documentaries), and they do far better when the mist itself is used to obscure their true full form.

    Acting performances are actually decent, with a lot of interesting dynamics maintained from the story in terms of the…

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens


    Whether the reverberations of Lucas' first trilogy here are viewed as a homage and bridge between the old and new or as a lack of imagination will depend on one's personal tastes and the long-term intentions of the creative staff.

    There is a LOT of "The Force Awakens" that echoed things we've seen before. Some of the settings seem awfully familiar even if given other names, and from a high-concept level there's not much of a plot (First Order AKA…

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War


    In some ways, "Civil War" scans as an Avengers movie, as it is mainly concerned with the team's future on the international level and has a huge roster of probably 13-14 heroes. (At some point, I lost count.) But somehow the Russos pull this off without really diluting the characters; everyone seems to get the amount of face time they deserve based on the dynamics of plot and relationship, and each is firmly established in terms of what they want,…