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“How to Be a Latin Lover”
“The Case for Christ”
“Once Upon a Time in Venice”
“Billions: Season Two”
“Bull: Season One”
“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season”
“NCIS: New Orleans: The Third Season”
“Once Upon A Time: The Complete Sixth Season”
“Riverdale: The Complete First Season”
“The Blacklist - Season 4”
“The Middle: The Complete Eighth Season”
“Alien” long ago burrowed into our cultural consciousness, and every once in a while it bursts out again in some bloody way.
The latest incarnation is “Alien: Covenant,” and Ridley Scott, who helmed the first film in 1979, makes his second return to the space-horror franchise. The story begins after the events of the director’s “Prometheus,” which was a 2012 prequel leading up to the original. The new film brings the timeline closer.
Set about 10 years after “Prometheus,” the story involves a gritty space crew similar to the one in the original Sigourney Weaver-starring ’79 film. It stars James Franco, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Amy Seimetz, Demián Bichir, Nathaniel Dean, Billy Crudup and Carmen Ejogo. Their ship is on a mission delivering new colonists and human embryos to a developing planet.
Daniels (Waterston) objects when the new skipper (Crudup) decides to investigate a distress call from an unknown planet after being awakened from space sleep by the android (Michael Fassbender) running the ship.
Hadn’t the crew seen the first film?
Guess what/who they will find on the seemingly empty planet? Ridley, a filmmaker I admire, efficiently gives you what you expect with “Alien: Covenant,” but don’t expect more.
This is another teen story that deals with unobtainable love. Stella Meghie directed the adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s young-adult novel about Maddy (Amandla Stenberg), who has spent her life inside a sterile house because of an immune system disorder that leaves her vulnerable to diseases. When another teen, Olly (Nick Robinson), moves in next door, he and Maddy begin a relationship through the windows. Eventually, they will experience the world together with the help of a sympathetic nurse. Stenberg and Robinson are appealing, but the story is pure YA schmaltz.
‘How to Be a Latin Lover’
The Mexican star Eugenio Derbez is fun to watch as an out-of-shape and out-of-practice aging Lothario in “How to Be a Latin Lover.” Directed by Ken Marino, Derbez’s Maximo is suddenly ousted after living off a rich older woman for a couple of decades. He’s been outmaneuvered by a younger man.
So Maximo is forced to move in with his sister (Salma Hayek) and dust off his gigolo skills. The rest of the film is a series of jokes and gags involving mostly age and sex — some are funny.
Season 2 of Showtime’s “Billions” was a fascinating and lively chess match between federal financial prosecutor Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and Wall Street baron Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis). Neither is willing to cede anything to the other as Rhoades will do anything to find wrongdoing by Axe. Giamatti and Lewis are great to watch.
Season 1 of the CW’s “Riverdale” wasn’t bad. A “Twin Peaks”-ish adaptation of the Archie comics, the series boasts an attractive cast and has a decent mystery to carry the season. It involves the death of a teen, who was the BMOC at the local high school. Occasionally, the show drifts off into the goofy angst that is the staple in most high-school dramas, though not too annoyingly so. By the way, these are TV — and particularly CW — teens. They are way too sophisticated in their actions and looks to be real sophomores and juniors in high school, but we expect that.