Alien: Covenant 2.0 stars

Alien: Covenant movie poster

Ridley Scott finishes what he started in Prometheus: the story of David (Michael Fassbender), a sentient creation who discovers that his creator is laughably inferior, but still potentially useful. (There’s a bang-up opening scene featuring David’s awakening — physical and otherwise — for those who may have thought they were here for the xenomorphs.) Happily for the audience, he isn’t alone in his superhuman status — a little brotherly rivalry keeps things interesting (just ask Cain and Abel). So the new crew, piloting the titular colony ship, has an android of its own: Walter, he of the flattened accent, dialed-down individuality, and bulked-up virtue. The drama between the two is the stuff of good, even classic sci-fi, but in his eagerness to make his point, Scott reduces his people to stumbling, panicky incompetents (whatever made the scientists so dumb in Prometheus seems to have spread to the soldiers and other supposed professionals here), and his monster to a glorified service animal. (At one point, David explicitly compares it to a horse.) Possibly worse: he trades the slow, creeping dread of the original Alien for frenetic slasher-pic violence and gore. Definitely worse: the way the film seems to borrow from those released earlier this year: Passengers, Life, Ghost in the Shell, et alia. Still those movies didn’t have that creature, nor the religious underpinnings. What should a god do but create? 2017.

Matthew Lickona

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AMC Classic Mission Marketplace 13

431 College Boulevard, Oceanside, 760-631-5700 | Directions

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AMC Classic River Village 6

5256 Mission Road, Bonsall, 760-945-1365 | Directions

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4:30pm, 7:30pm

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AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

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AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Tuesday, May 23

1:00pm, 2:20pm, 4:00pm, 5:15pm, 6:50pm, 8:15pm, 9:00pm, 9:45pm

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

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AMC Otay Ranch

2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista, 888-262-4386 | Directions

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AMC Palm Promenade

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AMC Plaza Bonita

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Angelika Film Center

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 858-674-6164 | Directions

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ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego, 858-768-7770 | Directions

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Cinépolis Del Mar

12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858-794-4045 | Directions

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Cinépolis La Costa

6941 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 760-603-8638 | Directions

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Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista, 760-945-7469 | Directions

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Edwards Mira Mesa

10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego, 858-635-7716 | Directions

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LOT

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LOT: Liberty Station

2620 Truxton Road, San Diego, 619-566-0069 | Directions

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Reading Grossmont Center

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, 800-326-3264 | Directions

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Reading Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 800-326-3264 | Directions

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Regal Carlsbad 12

2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 844-462-7342 | Directions

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Wednesday, May 24

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Regal Escondido

350 West Valley Parkway, Escondido, 760-291-0119 | Directions

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Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, 760-439-1327 | Directions

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Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, 619-401-3456 | Directions

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Regal Rancho del Rey

1025 Tierra del Rey, Chula Vista, 619-216-4707 | Directions

Tuesday, May 23

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Regal Rancho San Diego

2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, 619-660-3483 | Directions

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Wednesday, May 24

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Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 760-471-3734 | Directions

Tuesday, May 23

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UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, 619-685-2841 | Directions

Tuesday, May 23

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Thursday, June 1

10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:45pm

United Artists Horton Plaza

475 Horton Plaza, San Diego, 800-326-3264 | Directions

Tuesday, May 23

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Wednesday, May 24

1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:35pm

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