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Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant

Directed by Ridley Scott. Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez. (2017, R, 122 min.)

REVIEWED By Josh Kupecki, Fri., May 19, 2017

Consider the rocky road of the Alien franchise. Ridley Scott’s 1979 original is a bona fide classic of the horror genre, with James Cameron’s 1986 sequel following close behind. But after that, things get a bit dodgy. David Fincher and Jean-Pierre Jeunet didn’t fare too well with their entries into the series, and that brings us to Scott’s return to the director’s chair with 2012’s prequel, Prometheus. A prequel introducing nothing less than the origin of humanity, the film was met with a contentiousness that seems to have perplexed Scott. In recent interviews, he was under the impression that the acid-blooded xenomorphs were played out, or as Scott put it “he was definitely cooked, with an orange in his mouth.”

Give the people what they want, it seems, as Scott’s new entry Alien: Covenant plays like a greatest hits of your favorite Alien moments. After a prologue that seeks to bridge the gap between films, in which Michael Fassbender’s android David confers with Guy Pierce’s Peter Weyland, the aging CEO who created him. It’s an interesting opening gambit, all Kubrick and Wagner. But, just like that we are swept away into the deep space life of the spaceship Covenant, where married couples are the crew, and the ship houses thousands of souls in hibernation, on their way to a distant, habitable planet to thrive and prosper. When what amounts to a space burp (actual scientific nomenclature) damages part of the ship, this year’s model of android Walter (also Fassbender, but his hair is different. Acting!) wakes up the crew, who consist of mere sketches of actual characters, the better to dispatch them once the xenomorph actually shows up. How that happens is through a series of convoluted events that, when I think back, are perplexing and lazy. But, the alien is back, dispatching his victims in increasingly gory ways, while Katherine Waterston runs around trying to figure out what the hell is going on (no easy answers to that particular question). Rarely do I comment on characters’ hairstyles in movies, but the decision to give Waterston a hybrid bowl-cut/Prince Valiant bob is one of the most ill-advised things this film does. And in a film that treats its audience like morons, that is saying something.

Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N.  512/861-7070

drafthouse.com/austin/theater/lakeline

MON MAY 22

10:00am, 11:50am, 1:05, 3:00, 4:15, 6:15, 7:20, 9:25, 10:25

TUE MAY 23

3:00, 4:15, 6:15, 7:25, 9:30, 10:30
AFA: 10:00am, 11:50am, 1:05

WED MAY 24

10:00am, 10:25am, 1:05, 1:40, 4:15, 4:45, 7:25, 7:55, 10:30, 11:10

Alamo Drafthouse Mueller

1911 Aldrich #120  512/572-1425

drafthouse.com/austin/theater/mueller

MON MAY 22

10:45am, 1:00, 1:50, 4:10, 5:00, 7:25, 8:15, 10:35, 11:20

TUE MAY 23

2:45, 4:10, 6:00, 7:25, 9:10, 10:35
AFA: 11:35am, 1:00

WED MAY 24

11:00am, 12:30, 2:10, 3:40, 5:20, 8:30, 11:00

THU MAY 25

12:30, 2:10, 3:40, 5:20, 8:30, 11:10

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter  512/861-7060

drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

MON MAY 22

11:30am, 12:45, 3:25, 4:00, 6:40, 7:15, 9:55, 10:25

TUE MAY 23

3:20, 4:05, 6:15, 7:25, 9:25, 10:35
AFA: 11:55am, 12:50

WED MAY 24

12:40, 4:00, 4:30, 10:55
AFA: 1:15, 7:50

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

1120 S. Lamar  512/861-7040

drafthouse.com/theater/south-lamar

MON MAY 22

11:20am, 12:20, 2:30, 3:40, 6:15, 7:00, 9:20, 10:20

TUE MAY 23

2:40, 3:40, 6:15, 7:00, 9:20, 10:20
AFA: 11:00am, 12:10

WED MAY 24

12:20, 1:20, 3:30, 4:25, 7:45, 9:35, 10:10, 10:50

Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W. Anderson  512/861-7030

drafthouse.com/austin/theater/village

Tuesday matinee Baby Day shows (first show of the day) are intended for parents and their children younger than 6. Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

MON MAY 22

12:30, 1:50, 3:40, 4:55, 7:00, 8:00, 10:10

TUE MAY 23

3:40, 4:55, 7:00, 8:00, 10:10
AFA: 12:30, 1:50

WED MAY 24

12:30, 1:50, 3:40, 4:55, 7:00, 8:00, 10:10

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy  512/306-1991

www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

MON MAY 22

CC/DVS: 11:00am, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00
IMAX: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

TUE MAY 23

CC/DVS: 11:00am, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00
IMAX: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

WED MAY 24

CC/DVS: 11:00am, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00
IMAX: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

THU MAY 25

CC/DVS: 11:00am, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00
IMAX: 1:00, 4:00

Bullock Texas State History Museum

1800 Congress  512/936-4629

www.thestoryoftexas.com

Showtimes are subject to change, please confirm times by phone or website.

MON MAY 22

IMAX: 1:20, 4:05, 7:00, 9:45

TUE MAY 23

IMAX: 1:20, 4:05, 7:00, 9:45

WED MAY 24

IMAX: 1:20, 4:05, 7:00, 9:45

THU MAY 25

IMAX: 1:20, 4:05

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park  800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

MON MAY 22

digital: 9:20am, 12:30, 3:40, 7:00, 10:20

TUE MAY 23

digital: 12:30, 3:40, 7:00, 10:20

WED MAY 24

digital: 12:30, 3:40, 7:00, 10:20

Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 14

12812 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave  800/326-3264

www.cinemark.com/theater_showtimes.asp?theater_id=377

MON MAY 22

digital: 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:05, 2:35, 4:10, 5:40, 7:15, 8:45, 10:20

TUE MAY 23

digital: 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:05, 2:35, 4:10, 5:40, 7:15, 8:45, 10:20

WED MAY 24

digital: 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:05, 2:35, 4:10, 5:40, 7:15, 8:45, 10:20

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock  800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

MON MAY 22

digital: 11:50am, 1:25, 3:00, 4:35, 6:05, 7:45, 9:20, 10:50

TUE MAY 23

digital: 11:50am, 1:25, 3:00, 4:35, 6:05, 7:45, 9:20, 10:50

WED MAY 24

digital: 11:50am, 1:25, 3:00, 4:35, 7:45, 10:50

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35  800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

MON MAY 22

digital: 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 5:30, 7:00, 8:30, 10:00

TUE MAY 23

digital: 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 5:30, 7:00, 8:30, 10:00

WED MAY 24

digital: 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 5:30, 7:00, 8:30, 10:00

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., Pflugerville  512/251-0938

www.cinemark.com

MON MAY 22

digital: 12:10, 3:20, 6:15, 9:10

TUE MAY 23

digital: 12:10, 3:20, 6:15, 9:10

WED MAY 24

digital: 12:10, 3:20, 6:15, 9:10

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown  512/868-9922

MON MAY 22

1:35, 4:35, 7:40, 10:30

TUE MAY 23

1:35, 4:35, 7:40, 10:30

WED MAY 24

1:35, 4:35, 7:40, 10:30

THU MAY 25

1:35, 4:35, 7:40, 10:30

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle  512/523-9009

www.evo-entertainment.com

MON MAY 22

12:00, 12:50, 3:00, 4:00, 6:30, 7:00, 9:30, 10:00
EVX: 11:00am, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:25

TUE MAY 23

12:00, 12:50, 3:00, 4:00, 6:30, 7:00, 9:30, 10:00
EVX: 11:00am, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:25

WED MAY 24

12:00, 12:50, 3:00, 4:00, 10:00
EVX: 11:00am, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:25
OpenCap: 7:00

THU MAY 25

12:50, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00
EVX: 11:00am, 1:50

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock  512/244-3549

www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

MON MAY 22

CC: 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:30, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:30, 7:30, 8:45, 10:00, 10:45
Reserved Seating: 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:30, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:30, 7:30, 8:45, 10:00, 10:45

TUE MAY 23

CC: 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:30, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:30, 8:45, 10:00
Reserved Seating: 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:30, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:30, 8:45, 10:00

WED MAY 24

CC: 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:30, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:30, 8:30, 9:45, 10:45
Reserved Seating: 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:30, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:30, 8:30, 9:45, 10:45

THU MAY 25

CC: 11:00am, 12:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:45, 6:30, 10:30
Reserved Seating: 11:00am, 12:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:45, 6:30, 10:30

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville  512/467-7305

www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

MON MAY 22

ClosedCap;DescListen;HI;NO PASS: 12:25, 1:00, 3:35, 4:15, 6:45, 7:25, 9:25, 10:25
D-Box: 12:25, 3:35, 6:45, 9:25

TUE MAY 23

ClosedCap;DescListen;HI;NO PASS: 12:25, 1:00, 3:35, 4:15, 6:45, 7:25, 9:25, 10:25
D-Box: 12:25, 3:35, 6:45, 9:25

WED MAY 24

ClosedCap;DescListen;HI;NO PASS: 12:25, 1:00, 3:35, 4:15, 6:45, 7:25, 9:25, 10:25
D-Box: 12:25, 3:35, 6:45, 9:25

THU MAY 25

ClosedCap;DescListen;HI;NO PASS: 12:25, 1:00, 3:35, 4:15, 7:25, 10:25
D-Box: 12:25, 3:35

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake  512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

MON MAY 22

CC/DVS: 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30, 9:45, 10:30

TUE MAY 23

CC/DVS: 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30, 9:45, 10:30

WED MAY 24

CC/DVS: 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30, 9:45, 10:30

THU MAY 25

CC/DVS: 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30, 9:45, 10:30

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart  512/398-4100

www.hometowncinemas.com

MON MAY 22

11:45am, 4:15, 7:10

TUE MAY 23

11:45am, 4:15, 7:10

WED MAY 24

11:45am, 4:15, 7:10

THU MAY 25

11:45am, 4:15, 7:10

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza  512/568-3400

www.ipic.com

MON MAY 22

12:05, 12:25, 3:20, 3:45, 6:30, 7:00, 10:00, 10:20

TUE MAY 23

12:05, 12:25, 3:20, 3:45, 7:00, 10:20, 11:00

WED MAY 24

12:35, 12:55, 3:55, 4:15, 7:30, 10:50

THU MAY 25

11:45am, 3:15, 6:45, 10:05

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop  512/321-0123

www.schulmantheatres.com

MON MAY 22

10:00am, 1:15, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

TUE MAY 23

10:00am, 1:15, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

WED MAY 24

10:00am, 1:15, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

THU MAY 25

10:00am, 1:15, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas  512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

MON MAY 22

CC/DVS: 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:35, 6:15, 7:40, 9:20, 10:45

TUE MAY 23

CC/DVS: 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:35, 6:15, 7:40, 9:20, 10:45

WED MAY 24

CC/DVS: 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:35, 6:15, 7:40, 9:20, 10:45

THU MAY 25

CC/DVS: 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:25, 6:15, 7:40, 9:20, 10:45

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B  512/501-3520

www.themoviehouse.com/austin/

MON MAY 22

11:45am, 12:45, 3:15, 4:10, 7:30, 8:30, 9:45, 10:45

TUE MAY 23

12:15, 12:45, 3:40, 4:10, 7:00, 7:30, 8:30, 10:30, 10:45

WED MAY 24

12:15, 12:45, 3:40, 4:10, 7:00, 7:30, 8:30, 10:30, 10:45

THU MAY 25

12:00, 12:45, 3:15, 4:10, 6:30, 7:30, 10:00, 10:45

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

MON MAY 22

1:30, 2:00, 4:15, 4:50, 7:10, 7:40

TUE MAY 23

1:30, 2:00, 4:15, 4:50, 7:10, 7:40

WED MAY 24

1:30, 2:00, 4:15, 4:50, 7:10, 7:40

THU MAY 25

1:30, 2:00, 4:15, 4:50, 7:40, 10:25

The Spot Cinema Eatery & Social Haus

1180 Thorpe Lane #130, San Marcos  512/210-8600

https://www.evo-entertainment.com/locations/the-spot/

MON MAY 22

3:50, 4:15, 7:10, 7:35, 10:25, 10:55

TUE MAY 23

3:50, 4:15, 7:10, 7:35, 10:25, 10:55

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos  512/805-8000

MON MAY 22

11:00am, 11:30am, 12:50, 1:50, 2:30, 4:00, 4:40, 5:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:30, 10:00, 10:25

TUE MAY 23

11:00am, 11:30am, 12:50, 1:50, 2:30, 4:00, 4:40, 5:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10:00, 10:25

WED MAY 24

11:00am, 11:30am, 12:50, 1:50, 2:30, 4:00, 4:40, 5:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10:00, 10:25
OpenCap: 7:00

THU MAY 25

11:00am, 12:50, 1:50, 4:00, 4:40, 7:30, 10:25

Tinseltown North

N. I-35 & FM 1825, Pflugerville  512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

MON MAY 22

D-Box: 1:15, 4:25, 7:35, 10:45
digital: 11:45am, 1:15, 2:50, 4:25, 6:00, 7:35, 9:10, 10:45

TUE MAY 23

D-Box: 1:15, 4:25, 7:35, 10:45
digital: 11:45am, 1:15, 2:50, 4:25, 6:00, 7:35, 9:10, 10:45

Violet Crown Cinema

434 W. Second  512/495-9600

www.violetcrowncinema.com

Four-hour parking validation in attached garage with ticket purchase. Reserved seating; bar and cafe on-site.

MON MAY 22

12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

TUE MAY 23

12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

WED MAY 24

12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

THU MAY 25

12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar Blvd  512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

MON MAY 22

CC/DVS: 10:00am, 12:00, 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:00, 7:00, 9:00, 10:00

TUE MAY 23

CC/DVS: 10:00am, 12:00, 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:00, 7:00, 9:00, 10:00

WED MAY 24

CC/DVS: 10:00am, 12:00, 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:20, 7:15, 9:05, 10:15

THU MAY 25

CC/DVS: 10:00am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:15, 10:15
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KEYWORDS FOR THIS FILM

Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott, Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez

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