Weekend Picks: ‘Prometheus’ & ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’

Meriah Doty
Movie Talk

Ridley Scott's long-awaited return to sci-fi is finally here with "Prometheus" (and we talked to him about it too). The star-studded film, mostly set in a place in a faraway solar system, was shot in 3D. And while it's quite nice to look at in any venue, I have a geeky tip to share: I'm told IMAX 3D is the preferred viewing experience for this particular flick.

Michael Fassbender's performance as David the android seems to be getting the most buzz among critics and he is featured prominently in the film. Other standout performances include Charlize Theron as the cold-hearted Vickers, Noomi Rapace -- who is the focus of the most talked about scene in the film -- and Idris Elba (who we also spoke with ahead of the release) as the ship captain.

Here is more of what you can expect at the movies this weekend:

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Rated R for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language.

What's the story?

In case you have been living under a moon rock: A group of explorers discover archeological clues on earth that lead them on a journey to a distant solar system in search of the answers of the origins of human life. Encountering unforeseen hostility in foreign terrain, the team makes the disturbing discovery that they may have set off a chain of events that could wind up decimating the human race. Whoopsie!

Who will dig it?

Sure, diehard "Alien" fans should enjoy this film as it makes several plot tie-ins to the 1979 film (without being an out-and-out prequel); but fans of the hit television show "Lost" should also revel in the many symbols and clues prevalent in the story -- which was written, in part, by show co-creator Damon Lindelof.

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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor.

What's the story?

The gang is back, are in Europe, and are still trying to get back to their hometown of New York City. This time, they must hide within the confines of a traveling circus in order to stay safe from authorities. Polka dots, a rainbow afro hairdo dance, a hilariously awkward love interest, and delightful European venue changes ensue.

Who will dig it?

This is the first kid-friendly film that has come out since "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" (in late April). Being the first major kids flick of the summer, the little ones --and parents looking to distract them for a few hours -- are in dire need of big screen entertainment inside a cool, air conditioned theater.

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