“An express elevator to hell, going down.” That memorable line from James Cameron’s slam-bam sci-fi blockbuster perfectly encapsulates Aliens. Sigourney Weaver reprises her role as Ellen Ripley and goes head-to-head with an army of acid-for-blood-beasties with assistance from a squad of kick ass, but ultimately doomed, Colonial Marines. The pacing is intense and the thrills nonstop. Weaver kills playing an action heroine/protective mother in a performance that earned her a well-deserved Best Actress Oscar nomination. Aliens crosses genres and blows the fucking doors off any film that claims to be competition. It also holds up after almost twenty-five years.