‘The Cold Light of Day’ might have been best left in the dark

Henry Cavill in 'The Cold Light of Day'
Henry Cavill in ‘The Cold Light of Day’

[rating = 2]Starring:  Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Echequi, Emma Hamilton, Caroline Goodall, Rafi Gavron, and Roschdy Zem
Director(s):  Mabrouk El Mechri
Writer(s):  Scott Wiper, John Petro

Making a spy thriller is easy.  Making a good spy thriller is hard.  Making a bad spy thriller with good actors is even more difficult, yet that’s what The Cold Light of Day turns out to be.

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‘Aliens’ echoes the original and set the standard for movie sequels

Carrie Henn gets saved by Sigourney Weaver in 'Aliens'
Carrie Henn gets saved by Sigourney Weaver in ‘Aliens’

[rating=3]Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Bill Paxton
Director(s): James Cameron
Writer(s): Story by David Giler & Walter Hill and James Cameron, Screenplay by James Cameron

If Alien was considered a classic of horror, James Cameron’s Aliens was pure action and adventure. Although it still held elements of horror, Aliens offered up a action heavy film which — I believe — perfectly complimented the original and successfully expanded the story.

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With ‘Alien’ Ridley Scott turned horror and science fiction on its head

Ian Holm, Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt and John Hurt encounter an unstoppable creature in 'Alien'
Ian Holm, Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt and John Hurt encounter an unstoppable creature in ‘Alien’

[rating=3]Starring: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto
Director(s): Ridley Scott
Writer(s): Story by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett, Screenplay by Dan O’Bannon

I first saw Alien when I was a young child. It was on television late one night. I don’t recall being particularly scared, but I did enjoy the film. It was exciting, with cool special effects — for the time — and a great creature.

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