This week in theaters we have Ridley Scott' "Alien: Covenant", a new entry in the Alien franchise that Scott started back in 1979, and a sequel to his 2012 prequel "Prometheus". Other new wide releases are the YA romance "Everything, Everything" and the comedy sequel "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul". In limited release, Bryan Cranston delivers another riveting performance in the drama "Wakefield".
Synopses, details, critical reception, trailers, clips and more after the jump.
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
- Director: Ridley Scott
- Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez
- Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
- Running Time: 122 min.
- Rating: R for sci-fi violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality/nudity
- Rottentomatoes: 73% (168 fresh, 62 rotten, score: 6.4/10)
- Metacritic: 67 out of 100 (29 positive, 13 mixed, 2 negative).
A teenage girl (Amandla Stenberg) is unable to leave her home because she has an immunodeficiency that makes her allergic to almost everything. However, her life changes for the better when she begins to communicate with the boy next door (Nick Robinson). Everything, Everything was directed by Stella Meghie, and was adapted from the YA novel of the same name by Nicola Yoon.
- Director: Stella Meghie
- Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, Taylor Hickson, Dan Payne
- Genre: Drama, Romance
- Running Time: 96 min.
- Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and brief sensuality
- Rottentomatoes: 44% (21 fresh, 27 rotten, score: 5.5/10)
- Metacritic: 51 out of 100 (8 positive, 9 mixed, 3 negative).
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL
In DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, based on the record-breaking book series, a family road trip to attend Meemaw's 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course--thanks to Greg's newest scheme to (finally!) become famous.
- Director: David Bowers
- Starring: Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott
- Genre: Comedy, Family
- Running Time: 91 min.
- Rating: PG for some rude humor
- Rottentomatoes: 20% (8 fresh, 33 rotten, score: 4.3/10)
- Metacritic: 41 out of 100 (2 positive, 7 mixed, 5 negative).
In Robin Swicord's adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's short story, successful suburbanite commuter Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) takes a perverse detour from family life: He vanishes without a trace. Hidden in the attic of his carriage house garage, surviving by scavenging at night, Howard secretly observes the lives of his wife (Jennifer Garner) and children and neighbors. WAKEFIELD becomes a fraught meditation on marriage and identity, as Howard slowly realizes that he has not in fact left his family, he has left himself.
- Director: Robin Swicord
- Starring: Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Beverly D'Angelo, Jason O'Mara
- Genre: Drama
- Running Time: 106 min.
- Rating: R for some sexual material and language
- Rottentomatoes: 79% (19 fresh, 5 rotten, score: 6.5/10)
- Metacritic: 60 out of 100 (8 positive, 6 mixed, 2 negative).