Scott Marks 12:30 p.m., July 26
Ripley, believe it or not, has been cloned from a drop of her own blood, with new superhuman strength as befits her stature as a Cultural Icon. But it is not for herself that she has been brought back from the dead. It is for the alien queen inside her, and its unknown value to science ("wondrous potential"), not to mention its value to Twentieth Century-Fox. This loopy premise is simply an excuse for a new brood of aliens to chase a new crew of humans around a spaceship, and to top previous levels of slime, drool, sweat, and blood in the first three installments. French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, City of Lost Children) comes on board to re-create his special atmosphere, a nauseous mix of boiler room, abattoir, toxic-waste dump, and carnival sideshow. With Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman, and Dan Hedaya. 1997.