Review: Alien: Covenant

In space no one can hear you stealth remake.

by Benjamín Harguindey

Alien: Covenant (2017) is as much of a direct sequel to Prometheus (2012) as it is a remake of sorts. As if director Ridley Scott wanted to continue the story but also right some of the wrongs of his maligned earlier movie.

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Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Fantastic Franchises and How to Start Them

by Benjamín Harguindey

It is a credit to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) that it manages to be its own thing despite being ostensibly “from J. K. Rowling’s wizarding world”. Rowling herself writes the script (as well as toting a producer credit) and for what it’s worth it feels less like a fanfic than the “eighth Harry Potter book” did. No, Fantastic Beasts features nary a conciliatory reference to Hogwarts and its headmaster and instead decides to focus on a largely original, entertaining and ultimately pointless story.

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