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Some Movies to See this Weekend: October 2, 2015

Friday, October 02, 2015 Rob Samuelson

After the deluge of releases last week, Hollywood has given us a bit of a break this time around. Only two major movies are out, but each looks like a potential powerhouse, albeit in completely different ways. There's a big spectacle and a small acting showcase about recent events. Both could contend for “best of the year” lists based on early talk about them. Let's see what we have in store for us.

The Martian
Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: Drew Goddard
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels

A scientific explorer gets left behind on Mars and has to survive while his forgetful coworkers figure out a way to go back and pick his straggling butt up. It looks thrilling, beautiful, and most importantly for a genre that often has a problem with taking itself too seriously, it seems very, very funny. That's no surprise given that Drew Goddard (co-writer and director of The Cabin in the Woods) wrote the script. Goddard knows how to draw distinct lines between characters and find humor in their idiosyncrasies. Goddard is even more of a reason to be excited about The Martian than director Ridley Scott – and that's with nearly everyone in the critical community saying this is Scott's best movie in quite a long time.

99 Homes
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Writers: Ramin Bahrani, Amir Naderi, Bahareh Azimi
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern

You know what sucked? The Great Recession. 99 Homes looks into the root cause of the economic meltdown, the housing bubble. Andrew Garfield plays a young man whose house gets foreclosed on by Michael Shannon's real estate bigwig or something to that effect – financial details and fancy words for “becoming homeless” are not my strong suit. Shannon offers Garfield a job as the guy who has to go to future foreclosure sites and tell the residents to vacate their houses. He makes a lot of money doing it, but the “selling your soul to the devil” theme is strong even from the trailer. It may become overwhelming in a feature-length movie, but the acting abilities of both Garfield and especially Shannon alone make it worth seeing.

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