A three-minute rundown of the best (and worst) of this week’s film releases, including the go-to movie for the weekend.
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FilmWeek Marquee: ‘Alien: Covenant,’ ‘Last Men in Aleppo’ and ‘The Wedding Plan’

Michael Fassbender (Walter) stars in
Michael Fassbender (Walter) stars in "Alien: Covenant."
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Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Amy Nicholson and Peter Rainer review this week's most memorable releases.

"Alien: Covenant" (R)

Amy: Meh

"This is a prequel-sequel with another ship full of fools who are just going to get themselves killed. [There's] a dual role for Michael Fassbender as a robot who honestly makes a good point when he says, 'Honestly, I'm better than you guys. Why are humans even on this planet?'"

Peter: Meh

"Why is this film even being made, aside from the commercial aspects? It's another, you know, the fanged gloppy creatures popping out of chests, you know, gotcha [remake]. As slick and well-known as it is, I don't think that there's really a need to be seeing this yet again."

"Last Men in Aleppo" (Unrated)

Peter: See it ✅

"A really powerful movie, a really boots-on-the-ground documentary about what's going on in Syria. It's focusing on the decaying Aleppo [with] bombed-out craters everywhere. Very hard to watch, just be prepared for seeing lots of bodies being pulled out of rubble. It's eminently worth seeing."

Amy: See it ✅

"I agree. The documentary isn't designed to tug at your heartstrings. It doesn't use music. What really works is just this day-to-day existence of not knowing what's going to happen and what you're going to see by the end of it."

"The Wedding Plan" (PG-13)

Peter: See it ✅

"It's a very sweet and rather touching movie. On the surface it sounds like 'My Big Fat Israeli Wedding,' but it's really more than that."

Amy: See it ✅

"I'm going to call it 'The Orthodox Bridget Jones,' because this is about a 32-year-old woman desperate to get married, who puts her wedding plans in God's hands when she says, 'Would you have a groom for me on the eighth day of Hanukkah, which is in a couple weeks? Can you please hurry?' From there you get this idea that if there's no groom, what does God think about her, and it's that religious subtext that makes this comedy feel deep to me."