Alien: Covenant

After the baffling Prometheus (2012), director Ridley Scott goes back to basics for this second installment of his new Alien trilogy: despite a few remnants of the earlier film’s obscure genesis story, most of the action in Covenant plays like an elaboration on the original Alien (1979). Once again a crew of astronauts investigate a mysterious planet, one of them inhales spoors that turn him into a human incubator, and the others watch in horror as he dies screaming and an eyeless little monster bursts out of his chest cavity like the human folly that keeps blowing apart their meticulously planned mission. With Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, and Billy Crudup as the agent of chaos, a green commanding officer who leads his crew into harm’s way.