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Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic

Say what you will about Ridley Scott’s recent output — I’m a bit of an apologist, having found much to chew on in both “Prometheus” and “The Counselor,” although his upcoming “Exodus: Gods and Kings” looks like an overly calculated return to “Gladiator” territory — he has undeniably directed two of the greatest sci-fi films in history: “Alien” and “Blade Runner.”

“Prometheus” was a quasi-prequel to “Alien,” and had moments of greatness. But it was not “Alien,” and it never could be. The first entry in the franchise is as dread-inducing, clever, and unforgettable today as it was 35 years ago.

For the generation that grew up watching Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and the crew of the Nostromo on VHS and DVD, the Screening Room Cinema Cafe is offering “Alien” on the big screen at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2, 5 and 9.

More sci-fi is on tap at the Screening Room on Aug. 8, as the so-so Matt Damon-starring “Adjustment Bureau” screens at 7 p.m., and Michael Crichton’s cult classic “Westworld” follows.

The Screening Room is at 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

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