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ALIEN: COVENANT

120 Minutes/ Rated R
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston

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  • Monday, May 29 - Thursday, June 1: (5:15), 8:00

The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

'Alien: Covenant' is one of the most terrifying films ever made

• 3½ stars out of four •

Fans of the “Alien” franchise who found the prequel “Prometheus” (2012) to be insufficiently hair-raising will be in heaven this time around. “Alien: Covenant” is one of the most terrifying films ever made. It’ll have moviegoers gripping their armrests and fighting the impulse to shield their eyes.

Working from a screenplay by John Logan (“Skyfall”) and Dante Harper, director Ridley Scott — who helmed the original “Alien” (1979) — has come up with a stylish, nonstop crowd-pleaser that delivers big-time. And in Waterston, he has an actor who proves to be an inspired successor to Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley.

Reportedly, at least two more “Alien” prequels are planned. If they’re half as good as this one, prepare to tremble.

Calvin Wilson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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THE LOVERS

Rated R / 94 minutes
Directed by: Azazel Jacobs
Cast: Debra Winger, Tracy Letts

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  • Monday, May 29 - Thursday, June 1: (4:15), 7:00

The Lovers is a refreshing, funny look at love, fidelity, and family, starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as a long-married and completely dispassionate husband and wife. Both are in the midst of serious affairs and are increasingly committed to their new partners. But on the brink of officially calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly and unexpectedly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance that forces them to navigate the hilarious complications of "cheating" on their respective lovers. A mixture of humor and powerful emotion, the story is a uniquely honest take on modern marriage.

'The Lovers' proves romance isn't just for the young

• 3½ stars out of four •

“The Lovers” is the rare film that acknowledges that romance isn’t limited to people in their 20s and 30s. It’s also a smart, quirky comedy that moviegoers of any age should find eminently appealing. Working from his own screenplay, director Azazel Jacobs (“Terri”) has a sure feel for the ways in which the need for comfort can be compromised by the impulse to break free. 

Winger, who has appeared onscreen only sporadically in recent years, is terrific as a woman struggling to cope with conflicting desires. And Letts has a folksy charisma that’s reminiscent of Gene Hackman in his prime.

Is romantic comedy dead? Not as long as the genre can accommodate a film as uniquely wonderful as “The Lovers.”

Calvin Wilson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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