Ridley Scott revisits science fiction and 'Alien' in new movie opening this weekend

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This weekend is expected to be another big weekend for movie fans as director Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated movie that may or may not be a prequel to Alien finally hits the theaters.

Ridley Scott became famous by shocking the world in the late 70s with his now-classic space horror film Alien. He revisited the sci-fi world with Blade Runner that has since become another classic in the genre. He now, after years away, comes back to the sci-fi genre that made him famous with his new movie, which opens this weekend.

At the same time, families are not being ignored as the sequel to a successful animated movie franchise also hits theaters. So, here are the movies opening in theaters this weekend:

Prometheus – Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender. Ridley Scott’s movie that has been coyly hinting that it might be a prequel to his hugely successful sci-fi horror movie Alien finally hits the theaters. The movie also explores the question of how humanity came to be on this planet. Were aliens responsible for seeding a prehistoric Earth that would eventually become humanity? The spaceship Prometheus heads out into deep space to find out and what they find will leave them, and audiences, screaming. Filled with amazing sets and dazzling special effects, the movie has been released in both 2D and 3D versions. Rated R.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Davis Schwimmer. The loveable animals from the Madagascar film series are back for a third outing. This time they have somehow ended up, mistakenly, in the middle of Europe and are struggling to get back home to the New York that they call their own. What is the perfect cover to get through Europe without notice? This time they join up with a circus and hilarity ensues. All of the favorite characters, including King Julien and the mischief-making penguins are back for this third in the series. Rated PG.

Peace, Love and Misunderstanding – Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Olsen. Set in the 1960s during the historic Woodstock concert, this is a family picture. An uptight and stressed out Manhattan lawyer and mom decides to bond with her children by driving her teenage son and daughter to Woodstock in upstate New York. There, they also intend to visit their grandmother (Jane Fonda) who is actually completely engrossed in the hippie scene. The visit is supposed to be just a weekend getaway, but things end up becoming much more life-changing and profound as they find romance, music and each other. Rated R.

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