Alien Resurrection (1997)

One of the most polarizing sequels in modern franchises, “Alien Resurrection” sometimes plays like several movies at once: It’s a science-fiction sequel with grotesque special effects, an enthusiastic crowd pleaser filled with one-liners written by Joss Whedon, a European farce, and a compelling furthering of the Ripley saga (thanks to Sigourney Weaver’s deeply peculiar but effective performance). It’s really a lot to take, not to mention director Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s signature visual flouriches and a woefully miscast Winona Ryder, adding up to one of the most peculiar entries imaginable.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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