Based on the eponymous Andy Weir sci-fi novel, The Martian stars Matt Damon as Mark Watney, an astronaut on a manned mission to Mars who is left behind by his evacuating crew when a storm wreaks havoc on their base. Presumed dead by NASA and his crewmates, he must plan survival for four years before any potential rescue, on rations and a base meant to last only a month. With Ridley Scott directing and a top performance from Damon The Martian is thrilling, emotional and surprisingly funny.
Not for those with vertigo, The Walk dramatises high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s walk between the World Trade Centre Twin Towers. Nauseating heights in 3D aside, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit portrays the stunt as no small feat.
For those in the mood for a more classic story Michael Fassbender heads up an all-star cast in a new intense, savage and powerful retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.