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At the Movies: February 3

The Space Between Us, Rings

Posted February 3, 2017

The Space Between Us

Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield), the first human born on Mars, begins an online friendship with Tulsa (Britt Robertson), a teen in Colorado. On his maiden voyage to Earth, the 16-year-old finally gets to experience all the joys and wonders of a world he could only read about. Problems arise when scientists discover that Gardner's organs can't withstand the atmosphere. United with Tulsa and on the run, the interplanetary visitor races against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe. Also starring Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino.

Rated PG-13. Sci-fi/Fantasy. Directed by Peter Chelsom. 2h 1m.

What the Critics Say:

“To some, [The Space Between Us] may sound like a compelling premise for a weepy romance — call it “The Fault in Our Planets,” if you like. In truth, it’s a ridiculously expensive spin on “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble”… a freakishly tall kid with spindly bones and an enlarged heart risks his life in order to experience love and the kind of companionship he’s been denied since birth.” – Variety

Our Take:

This film combines young love and trendy science fiction – the perfect date-night movie for young couples just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Rings

A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a movie within the movie that no one has ever seen before. Starring Alex Roe, Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Johnny Galecki, and Aimee Teegarden.

Rated PG-13. Thriller/Horror. Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez. 1h 57m.

What the Critics Say:

“Revisiting a 15-year old horror phenomenon, about a video that kills people who watch it, makes sense on paper, and Paramount Pictures is hoping that its digital-age update of the long-dormant franchise can bring new and old fans into theaters.” – LA Times

Our Take:

The critics are staying pretty silent about this one, but we have no doubts it’ll give you the heebie-jeebies. We remember the first film (and kind of wish we didn’t…); this third installment looks pretty spooky, to say the least.

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