We’re gearing up for the summer blockbuster season, which means there’s a real mix of movies released this week. From Ridley Scott’s hotly anticipated Prometheus sequel to another tour de force performance from Jessica Chastain, here’s what’s new at the cinema this weekend.

Alien: Covenant

The second film in Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel series, and the sixth instalment altogether, has finally arrived. Covenant follows the crew of a colony ship who land on an unexplored planet and make a frightening discovery – so far, so familiar. Despite a well-trodden story, Scott’s latest delivers a pleasing dose of outer space terror that’s sure to thrill both fans new and old. Michael Fassbender returns to the sci-fi film series, with strong support from Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup and Danny McBride.

Miss Sloane

On the other end of the movie spectrum to Alien is John Madden’s political thriller Miss Sloane, which stars the always-superb Jessica Chastain as a D.C. lobbyist taking on the most powerful opponent of her career. Veering away from the softer characters she played in the likes of The Help and The Zookeeper’s Wife, Chastain will hold your attention from the moment the film starts to the very end.

The Levelling

Hope Dickson Leach’s debut feature film transports audiences to Somerset, as trainee vet Clover (Ellie Kendrick, Game of Thrones) returns home following her brother Charlie’s death. Set six months after the devastating 2014 floods, Clover must confront her father ahead of Charlie’s funeral. This British indie is atmospheric, dark and deeply moving, with a heartbreaking central performance from Kendrick.

DVD Pick: A Monster Calls

If you didn’t get the chance to catch A Monster Calls at the cinema, you absolutely must watch it on DVD. Director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) brings us another emotional story, as a young boy turns to a giant tree monster for help coping with his mother’s terminal illness. Adapted from Patrick Ness’ wonderful low fantasy children’s novel, it stars Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson and Sigourney Weaver.

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