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Ghost in the Shell is one of the most popular and easily the most widely recognized anime property in the genre, so of course it was going to get the big bucks live-action Hollywood remake. It took more than twenty years to finally get there, but Ghost in the Shell boasts the star power of Scarlett Johansson in the lead role and the visuals of director Rupert Wyatt (Snow White and the Huntsman) to help hack into a new generation of fans. 

Stephen King’s mammoth 1986 horror novel IT is considered one of the best works of the author’s illustrious career, and was previously adapted into a TV miniseries that was admittedly terrifying – thanks to Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise the Clown – but felt a bit watered-down when compared to the source material. And in the age of remakes and reboots, it’s no surprise that Hollywood is taking another crack at the book.

Last year, Spider-Man joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a scene-stealing appearance in Captain America: Civil War, marking the first entry into a partnership between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, who have owned the rights to the character for decades. Now the studios are joining forces again for a new standalone adventure, this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. 

Kristen Stewart reunites with her Clouds of Sils Maria director Olivier Assayas for Personal Shopper, which finds the accomplished actress portraying another assistant to a celebrity. This time, the boss lady is Kyra (Nora von Waldstätten), a Paris-based supermodel who can’t be bothered to select her own outfits – that’s the sort of thing she leaves Maureen (Stewart) to handle while she’s jetsetting around the world. The job sucks, but it affords Maureen plenty of freedom to pursue other interests, like trying to make contact with the spirit of her recently deceased brother.

Let’s be clear about this from the beginning: Alien is the measuring stick against which other outer space horror flicks are measured. Indeed, while viewing Daniel Espinosa’s tension-filled Life, I realized that it’s nearly impossible not to recall Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi classic while watching a film about a crew of astronauts trapped in a vessel with a murderous creature. But while Espinosa’s film may wear its influences on its sleeve, that doesn’t rob it of its entertaining qualities.

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