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Ashes to ashes ('Alien 3')
Many fans were outraged that Newt and Hicks survived the entirety of "Aliens" only to be dispatched in the first scene of "Alien 3," but to Fincher and Weaver's credit we really felt the weight of their loss; it's not as if they were simply killed off and forgotten. The scene where the two are cremated is intercut with the sight of a xenomorph bursting from the stomach of a dog (an ox in the assembly cut) -- a jarring, metaphorical juxtaposition that thankfully doesn't detract from Dillon's (Charles S. Dutton) moving eulogy and Weaver's expert rendering of Ripley's grief.