ALIEN: COVENANT (MA15+)
BACK AGAIN TO WIPE THE SMILE OFF THEIR SPACE, US, 123 MIN Director Ridley Scott’s intention to end his career with a trilogy of Alien pictures is great news for fans who first boarded the seminal sci-fi horror franchise back in the late 1970s. The project has started rolling in fine style with Alien: Covenant, a clinically assured deep-space chiller. Scott deftly combines the obligatory chest-bursting gore of the classic Alien movies with the mind-expanding philosophical questing of 2012’s divisive demiprequel Prometheus. That tricky balance between body count and brain food is very sweetly struck indeed. A desolate story picks up a decade after the events of Prometheus. The crew of a spaceship on a mission to colonise a new world make an unscheduled exploratory pit stop on a planet that appears to be a spectacularly habitable match for their needs. Spoiler alert: it is not. Stars Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudup.