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Book Review: Alien: Sea Of Sorrows Makes Some Questionable Connections

Sea of SorrowsFor fans of the world Ridley Scott created in 1979 with Alien, Prometheus left many wanting (I still think it was pretty sweet, flawed certainly, but better than many give it credit for), and Prometheus 2, however that works out, is still a ways off. Later this year we’ll get the video game Alien: Isolation, which looks to capture the tense, claustrophobic, isolated feel of the film, but those among us who aren’t into such distractions are our of luck. While it doesn’t fill this void exactly, James A. Moore’s new official tie-in novel Alien: Sea of Sorrows does a solid job of delivering the thrills you crave.

More than anything, Sea of Sorrows aims to reveal some of the secrets and background information about the Alien universe. This includes the ubiquitous Weyland-Yutani Corporation, who is more concerned with profits and their public image than any kind of safety or morality. And it also digs into sinister Xenomorphs as well, delivering new details about them as well. This is a double-edged sword, and provides some cool additions to the canon, but on the other side, there a stretches in the logic and connections the narrative seeks to draw that can be difficult to look past.

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Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf: This Week’s New Sci-Fi Releases Travel To Alien Shores

As much as we love science fiction on TV, on the big screen, on the comics page, and in video game form, there’s just something irreplaceable about digging into a good book. There’s no shortage of new sci-fi adventures hitting shelves on a regular basis, but GFR is your one-stop shop to keep up with what’s hitting shelves in a given week. Here’s what’s new on the Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf!

AlienShores“Alien Shores” by Vaughn Heppner

Humanity put all its fading hopes in New Eden, a pristine star system 230 light-years from the ravaged Earth. But upon arrival, the would-be colonists encountered the Kresh — a diabolical alien race who quickly captured the human starship and tortured its inhabitants in hopes of learning the coordinates of Earth.

Street-smart Cyrus Gant managed to escape, crashing to the surface of a nearby moon terraformed by the Kresh and inhabited by primitive humans. Now Cyrus pursues a desperate hope bound up in a single boy, a prophesized psionic named Klane — already in the clutches of the Kresh. Soon Cyrus finds himself torn between tracking down this so-called savior and escaping back into space before it’s too late. Yet as he gathers allies and firepower, he’s desperate to find a way back to Earth and warn them of this alien menace…only to discover an even greater danger to the future existence of the human race.

The electric interstellar action that began in Alien Honor continues in Alien Shores.

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The Hybrid Trailer Splices Humanoid Aliens With Gun-Toting Mercenaries

You know what you don’t see in movies? A team of mercenaries who take the week off to catch up on binge-watching shows in between volleyball matches. No, mercenaries get zero off-duty time in cinema, and they’re always under pressure to save the world from what often turns out to be a man-made threat. That appears to be the nutshell-encased plotline for Irish director Billy O’Brien’s sophomore feature, the action thriller The Hybrid, formerly known by the far more interesting name Scintilla. Explore. Discover. Blast. There is no other way.

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DreamWorks’ Home Debuts Alien-Filled Trailer And A Few Dumb Laughs

DreamWorks Animation is no stranger to stories about aliens taking over the planet, as evidenced by 2009’s delightful Monsters vs. Aliens. One of their next efforts, Home, is a different take on alien invasions, but not one that raises the bar in terms of intelligence or highbrow humor. I don’t necessarily mean that as an insult, as it’s just a judgment call based solely on the first official trailer, seen above, along with the previously released short/trailer, you can see down below. It certainly makes one feel like a child while watching, I’ll say that.

Directed by Over the Hedge helmer Tim Johnson, Home stars Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons as an alien named Oh who befriends an Earthling named Gratuity “Tip” Tucci, voiced by pop superstar Rihanna. The color-changing Oh belongs to a race of extraterrestrials called the Boov who invade our planet as a way of avoiding conflict with another warring alien race. They ship humans off the planet, but Tip manages to stay behind unnoticed and she and Oh have to save everything once he accidentally alerts the Boov’s enemies to their presence.

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Edge Of Tomorrow Disappoints Domestically But Thrives Internationally

edge of tomorrowBy their very nature, summer tentpoles are films that generally gain nothing from word of mouth, because their marketing campaigns usually do all the talking. That hasn’t worked so well for Warner Bros.’ Edge of Tomorrow, which released this past weekend and drove another nail into the coffin of Tom Cruise’s Superstardom. The $175 million darkly comedic battle-heavy actioner only brought in $29.1 million here in the U.S. Where the hell was everybody?

It would be a low-but-feasible total if this were a particularly slow week for cinemas and Edge of Tomorrow could fall back on taking the number-one spot. Unfortunately, it fell down to that other movie with death at its center, Josh Boone’s teen romance The Fault in Our Stars, which sat atop the box office with over $48 million. But the big insult here is that Robert Stromberg’s darkened Disney fairy tale Maleficent took second place with $33 million, despite this being its second week of release. I already knew that I lived in a world where people are more interested in Angelina Jolie’s cheekbones than Cruise fighting aliens, but it still sucks to see it laid out so plainly at Box Office Mojo.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy International Spot Imports New Footage

Just the other day, Marvel debuted two new sneak peeks at their upcoming deep space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy. A fantastic 30-second TV spot and an extended 60-second look both debuted during the first game of the NBA finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. Now the comic book giant has unveiled a new international spot featuring a few bits of footage that we haven’t seen yet.

This spot, which hails from the UK, brings back “Hooked on a Feeling,” which we’ve missed in the last few promos, as well as that “What a bunch of A-holes” line that seems destined to be the most quoted bit of dialogue of the summer. There is also a crap ton of action crammed into a video that is barely half a minute long. There are fights, explosions, soaring space ships, and basically everything you want to see out of this movie. We could use a touch more of the sarcastic sense of humor, but we’ll take this.

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