Movies: Alien Covenant, Everything Everything, Like Crazy

Alien Covenant

This rendition of the Alien franchise is actually a prequel to the original film.  It is  an interesting, thoughtful, moody, gory film.  There is an interesting twist with leading man, Michael Fassbender, playing two synthetic human robots, one David (bad), and one Walter (good).

There are at least another 14 characters rounding out the cast with bit parts going to Billy Crudup, James Franco and Guy Pearce.

Director Ridley Scott earns a solid R rating for the ‘horror’, sometimes ferocious violent qualities in this movie.  It is listed as a Science Fiction/Thriller running 2 hours, 3 minutes.  If you are a fan of the previous Alien films you will most likely enjoy this edition.

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Everything Everything

This is the story of an 18 year old girl with a poor immune system that confines her to her hermetically sealed home.  That is until the boy next door moves in and everything changes.

This film works because of the two lead actors, Amanda Stenberg (Rue from the Hunger Games) and Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) who demonstrate great chemistry on screen.  The story is adapted from the novel by the same title.

There is a surprise ending for this PG-13 Drama/Romance.  It runs 1 hour, 36 minutes.

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Like Crazy

This film won best picture and numerous other awards recently in Italy.  It is the story of Beatrice and Donatella.  Both suffer from mental illness under care at a psychiatric clinic in coastal Tuscany and decide to run away to find love and happiness.

The acting is exceptional.  Valeria Bruni Tedeschi plays the delusional Beatrice and the painfully thin Micaela Ramazzotti plays the damaged Donatella.

It is a tender, funny, madcap romp.  It is also sad, heartbreaking and compassionate.

This film is not rated and is listed as Art House, International, Comedy, Drama.  It runs 118 minutes.  It is well worth seeking out.  It is in limited release and is in Italian with English subtitles.

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