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New movies opening in theaters this week include Matt Damon in “The Martian,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt in “The Walk,” and Emily Brunt in “Sicario.” Limited release movies include “Shanghai,” “Freeheld,” “He Named Me Malala” and “Addicted to Fresno.” Let’s take a closer look at the wide releases.

THE MARTIAN

PG-13 for some strong language, injury images, and brief nudity | In Theaters 10/2 (2D/3D) | Ok for Kids 13+ | 20th Century Fox | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels | The Martian

THE MARTIANDuring a manned mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm separates him from his crew. Left behind on Mars, Watney finds himself stranded on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he draws on his ingenuity, wit and spirit to survive and find a way to signal to Earth that he’s indeed alive.

Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission.

Based on the book by Andy Weir and directed by Ridley Scott, this movie also stars Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

THE WALK

PG for thematic elements involving perilous situations, and for some nudity, language, brief drug references and smoking | In Theaters 10/2 (2D, IMAX 3D) | Ok for Kids 11+ | TriStar, Sony | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels | The Walk

Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man has ever walked the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.

Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his crew overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis, this thrilling movie also stars James Badge Dale and Charlotte Le Bon. Read Melanie Votaw’s coverage of “The Walk” press conference at the New York Film Festival.

SICARIO

R for strong violence, grisly images and language | In Theaters 10/2 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Lionsgate | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels | Sicario

Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners”) directs this action thriller that takes place in the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico.

Emily Blunt plays Kate Macer, an idealistic FBI agent who’s enlisted by an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (Benicio Del Toro), the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive. By the way, in Mexico, “Sicario” means hitman.

JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

Images in this feature used courtesy of the studios and distributors.

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