Arguably the best sequence in Apollo 13 comes when its hardcore NASA dweebs have to find a way to make “this” fit into “this” using nothing but “that”:

Now imagine an entire two-hour film that rides that same wave.

The Martian, the best mainstream entertainment Ridley Scott has directed in over a decade, is thrilling and engaging from first launch. We’re in the not-too-distant future, and a group of American astronauts (plus one German) are out collecting soil samples on Mars. As Mark Watney (Matt Damon) and Rick Martinez (Michael Peña) are busting each other’s chops over the shared comm, it’s discovered that a serious storm is headed their way –- serious enough that they need to abort the mission and evacuate immediately. Read more…

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‘The Martian’ review: Matt Damon, and the movie, are stellar