Watching Movies with Connie Ogle: ‘Aliens’ (1986)

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Join Miami Herald food writer Connie Ogle and Bill Cosford Cinema manager, Rene Rodriguez for a screening of 1986’s “Aliens” followed by a Q&A discussion with Ogle.

Connie Ogle has worked at the Miami Herald for 36 years in a variety of roles, including books editor, movie critic, features writer, and editor. She is currently the food writer for the Herald.

ALIENS | 1986 | DIRECTOR: James Cameron | WITH: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser | RUNNING TIME: 2H 17M | RATED R for monster violence and language.

57 years after Ellen Ripley had a close encounter with the reptilian alien creature from 1979’s “Alien,” she is called back into action to help a group of highly trained colonial marines fight off against the sinister extraterrestrials.

But this time, the aliens have taken over a space colony on the moon LV-426. When the colonial marines are called upon to search the deserted space colony, they later find out that they are up against more than what they bargained for.

“‘Aliens’ is absolutely, painfully and unremittingly intense for at least its last hour. Weaver goes into battle to save her colleagues, herself and the little girl, and the aliens drop from the ceiling, pop up out of the floor, and crawl out of the ventilation shafts. (In one of the movie’s less plausible moments, one alien even seems to know how to work the elevator buttons.) I have never seen a movie that maintains such a pitch of intensity for so long; it’s like being on some kind of hair-raising carnival ride that never stops.” – Roger Ebert

Tickets are $10 and are available via the link. UM students use code UMSTUDENT (must show Cane Card at the door).