(R) ★★★☆☆

Ridley Scott returns to the big screen in this sort-of Alien prequel, and the result is a little bit of everything. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) is an archaelogist leading a space mission in search of a link between human and alien DNA. What she finds is trouble. With Charlize Theron on board as a tougher-than-Ripley type, Idris Elba as the ship’s captain and Michael Fassbender as an excellently off-putting android, the film works as elegant and stately sci-fi. The writing’s not the best, but Scott’s a pro.

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