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Movie of the month
Film: The Martian
Directed By: Ridley Scott
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean

The Plot:
On Mars, a team of NASA astronauts are conducting scientific experiments. Suddenly, a storm rolls in and they are forced to abandon the planet. On the way back to the lander, Mark Watney (Damon) is struck by debris and team leader Melissa Lewis (Chastain), believing him to be dead, takes off without him.

Some time later, Mark wakes up to find himself alone and in a dire situation with the harsh landscape stretching endlessly around him. Unfortunately, the astronaut’s temporary habitat will not sustain itself long enough for NASA to send a rescue ship. Mark must figure out how to survive with just the few tools he has.

Worth Watching?
This is straight-up science fiction at its very best, as we watch on in wonder as Mark tries to make water and grow food on the arid planet with minimal equipment. His trials and tribulations bring lots of humour as he records his numerous attempts via a handheld camera, but there are moments when his isolation and hopelessness bring tears.

Damon is absolutely outstanding as he carries a lot of the film on his own, and he shows a diverse range of emotions. The insistence of director Ridley Scott, whose pedigree in this genre is among the true elite, to feature as much accurate science as possible gives the film an extra layer of believability.

VERDICT: Sci-fi at its fascinating best.

The Good Dinosaur
The Good Dinosaur asks the question: ‘What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?’ In this epic journey from Disney Pixar into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While travelling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
The conclusion of the popular Hunger Games franchise sees the nation of Panem in a full scale war. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) prepares for the final showdown as she teams with her closest friends to storm the capitol and stage an assassination attempt on president Snow (Donald Sutherland), who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in the Hunger Games themselves.