End Credits:
Captain Marvel

Plus: Alien, Ring

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At the end of Avengers: Infinity War we saw Nick Fury use a weird little retro pager to send a message. We will get to find out more about that message and “the clickening”, during which it was sent, in the forthcoming Avengers: Endgame, due in a few months. But in the meantime the mysterious person Fury messaged gets her own movie.

Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel prequels the Avengers movies with a de-aged Samuel L Jackson playing Nick Fury alongside Brie Larson as new hero Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, an alien warrior with a mysterious past tied to Earth.

While we’ve already technically had Avengers prequels before (Captain America: The First Avenger) this sets up the modern storylines and introduces the hero who will be playing a major part in saving the world in Avengers: Endgame. Initial reactions to Captain Marvel are solid, praising the movie’s heart, story and sense of fun.

Also in cinemas are two absolute horror classics. First up is Alien, which is 40 years old. Forget what you think of the modern additions to the franchise – the claustrophobic, suspense-filled haunted house in space should be seen on the big screen at least once in your life.

At about half the age of Alien is Ring – the original Japanese version (aka Ringu). This dark and terrifying flick about a mysterious video tape that is rumoured to kill watchers spawned many sequels, American remakes (with its own sequels) and a new spin-off, Sadako, due out later in the year. But the original still pops out of the screen the most.

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