With one week to go to the Memorial Day Weekend, check out these premieres coming on the big screen this weekend.
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Based on the eponymous 2015 young-adult novel by Nicola Yoon, this romantic drama is directed by Stella Meghie and stars Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson.
18-year-old Maddy suffers from a disease which prevents her from leaving her home or interacting with others. Her mother Pauline, a doctor, takes care of her in the home with the help of her nurse Carla, who has worked for them for 15 years. Only Pauline, Carla and Carla’s daughter Rosa are allowed in the home. Maddy dreams of seeing the world, particularly the ocean.
New neighbors move in, including handsome Olly. Maddy and Olly’s bedroom windows face one another. They strike up a friendship through texting, and eventually Maddy convinces Carla to let him visit the house if they promise to stay on opposite sides of the room.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is the fourth movie in the series based on Jeff Kinney’s super-popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, but it has an all-new cast. The film takes place one year after the events of Dog Days. Greg Heffley and his brother Rodrick convince their family to go on a road trip for their grandmother’s 90th birthday, but they actually intend on attending a video game convention. As in the previous three movies, there’s a lot of gross-out humor involving pee, poop, and vomit, as well as some insult language (“loser,” “fat,” “stupid,” etc.) and chase scenes. Stressful moments include car accidents, Greg being pursued by an angry man, and a runaway boat. There’s a running theme of putting technology aside to better enjoy family time.
Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS
Chronicling Syria’s descent into unbridled chaos and the rise of ISIS, the film captures the Syrian war’s harrowing carnage, political and social consequences, and, most importantly, its human toll. Academy Award nominated filmmaker and best-selling author Sebastian Junger and Emmy Award-winning producer Nick Quested untangle these complex issues to create an informative and compelling documentary, edited from almost 1,000 hours of footage. Personal stories of survival and tragedy follow an extended family in their desperate attempts to flee Syria. The filmmakers take the viewer inside the aggression with gripping footage of Kurdish fighters in Sinjar, Shia militias in Iraq and even al-Qaida-affiliated fighters in and around Aleppo and Raqqa. With keen insight from top experts from around the world, we watch as the story continues to unfold day to day.