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A Monster Calls early reviews: Director J.A. Bayona infuses tearjerker with Pan's Labyrinth fantasy

There have been many thinkpieces ruminating over the downfall of movies in 2016, but A Monster Calls may be one of the rare cases to lift audiences out of this slump. The film, directed by J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible), screened for press at the Toronto International Film Festival, and early reactions are already pegging this as one of the year’s finest. 

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Toronto Film Festival: James Franco, Jacob Tremblay films among 14 new special presentations

The Toronto International Film Festival announced Tuesday two gala events, 14 special presentations, and several dozen additional films joining the festival’s 41st lineup.

After leading Lenny Abrahamson’s Room to the festival’s People’s Choice Award last year, 9-year-old actor Jacob Tremblay returns to TIFF in the Special Presentations section as an American child convinced he’s a Mongolian goat herder in Jordan Roberts’ Burn Your Maps, which is set to world-premiere in Toronto. Vera Farmiga and Virginia Madsen co-star in the comedy-drama.

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Aliens turns 30: An oral history of Power Loader Ripley vs. the Alien Queen

It was a showdown between two mad-as-hell mothers.

On one side, Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley, trying to rescue the little girl Newt (Carrie Henn), the lone survivor of a decimated colony who stands as a surrogate for Ripley’s own lost daughter. On the other, the gargantuan Alien Queen, who mercifully spares Ripley and Newt — only to have the human betray their unspoken deal and torch her nest of hatchlings.

It’s on.

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Aliens reunion planned for Comic-Con — exclusive

Sigourney Weaver, Alien | In the first Alien , Weaver's Ripley was an unlikely hero. By the sequel, she was a battle-scarred cynic — and part of the fun…

Happy 30th anniversary, you bitch!

July 18 will mark three decades since James Cameron’s Aliens was released in theaters — which is only a little over half the time Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley spent in hypersleep after the nightmare events of 1979’s Alien. In Cameron’s sequel, she awoke to learn her old life was gone – and new life in the form of a pioneer colony had sprung up on the empty planet where she and the deceased crew of the Nostromo encountered the hyper-predatory Xenomorph.

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