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Alien Covenant ***

Running time: 123 mins Cert: 15

Synopsis: On the other side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.

After the underrated “Prometheus.”  Ridley Scott’s returns to the science fiction series he established nearly 40 years ago. The auteur continues to explore the themes of creativity and faith while asking at what point does the creation because me the creator.
Screenwriters John Logan and Dante Harper, story mainly focuses on the relationship of the two android characters (Michael Fassbender). The tense scenes between the two animatronic brothersare gripping and well executed. While the character of Daniels gives more dimension to the tae. Waterson carrying forward the lone female protagonist Daniels, that Weaver accomplished just around 4 decades ago.

As with the most of the Alien franchise, the script falters with the secondary characters apart from Danny McBride who is memorable role as the caring pilot Tennessee, shows McBride is not just a comedic actor, but gives some emotional scenes which is needed along with gory excessive horror. Unfortunately the film has pacing issues with a much more interesting 3rd act that should have encompassed more of the film and increased the scare factor.

Not to mention 2 of the most shortest pointless cameos in living memory as well as being similar to the last film, the characters really do make some stupid decision so.

As anyone would excepted from Scott, the look of the film is stunning and new Alien creatures are impressive and fairly scary. 

Not a total disaster by any means, but with the talent on offer this should have been one of the best of the series. But look on the good side it is no Resurrection.
Reviewed by Paul Logan

Edinburgh International Film Festival announces opening & closing films for 2017



Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced that the will open with Francis Lee’s award-winning debut feature God’s Own Country on 21st June 2017. 

Shot entirely on location in West Yorkshire, God’s Own Country is a contemporary tale of self-discovery and emotional awakening.

Johnny (Josh O’Connor) is a young man running his family’s sheep farm alone until the arrival of Romanian worker Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu). Supporting the central pair are acting stalwarts Ian Hart and Gemma Jones, who play Johnny’s stroke-afflicted father and formidable grandmother.

EIFF also announced they would close with the World Premiere of England is Mine, about the early life of singer Morrissey on Sunday 2nd July 2017. 
This much-anticipated film explores the early years of Steven Morrissey’s (Jack Lowden) life in 1970s Manchester. An introverted, uncompromising teenager, Morrissey finds himself frustrated with his working-class existence. He finds solace in the city’s underground gig scene where he meets Linder Sterling – an intelligent, self-assured artist – who encourages him to make his ideas of superstardom a reality.

Both films will screen at Festival Theatre in Edinburgh.