This Week At The Reel Deal

By Jim O’Donnell
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening The Martian. Everest, Hotel Transylvania 2, and The Intern will hold another week.  Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will end Thursday.

The Martian opens at the Reel Deal this Friday on Oct 2. This film is getting 90 percent  favorable reviews and took the Toronto Film Festival by storm. I think we’ll see it competing for an Oscar this season. The film is based on Andy Weir’s 2011 novel The Martian, which was adapted into a screenplay  by Drew Goddard, who grew up in Los Alamos and is the son of Colleen Mary (Hogan), and Dr. Laurence Woodbury Goddard.

Drew Goddard, the executive producer and writer of The Martian will be with us this Sunday afternoon, Oct. 4 to present his film at our 5 p.m. showing. Tickets are on sale now at our box office (normal prices). Limited seating, get your tickets early!


Drew Goddard is a writer and filmmaker with a talent for creating strong characters in genre material. Goddard most recently wrote and was executive producer on the upcoming feature The Martian, about an astronaut left behind by his crew on a mission to Mars.  The film is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jeff Daniels. 

Goddard is the creator, executive producer and writer of the hit Netflix series Daredevil, which will return for a second season next year. Starring Charlie Cox, Rosario Dawson, Deborah Ann Woll and Vincent D’Onofrio, the superhero show is based on the Marvel comics of the same name.

Together with Damon Lindelof and Matthew Carnahan, Goddard wrote the hit zombie film World War Z, directed by Marc Forster starring Brad Pitt. The Paramount film grossed over $540 million worldwide. He also wrote the ground-breaking “found footage” sci-fi feature smash Cloverfield, directed by Matt Reeves and produced by J.J. Abrams.

Goddard made his directorial debut in 2012 with The Cabin in the Woods, starring Chris Hemsworth and Richard Jenkins, which was produced and co-written by frequent collaborator Joss Whedon. Lionsgate released the horror thriller in April 2012 to rave reviews. 

Prior to working in features, Goddard worked on hit television shows Lost, Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, winning a prestigious Hugo Award alongside Jane Espenson, for their Buffy script, “Conversations with Dead People.” Goddard received an Emmy Award nomination as an executive producer on Lost in 2004. Goddard currently resides in Los Angeles.

Movie poster for ‘The Martian.’ Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

The Martian: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is 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. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, “The Martian” features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover. (C) Fox Rating:    PG-13 (for some strong language, injury images, and brief nudity) Genre:Science Fiction & Fantasy Directed By: Ridley Scott/ Written By: Drew Goddard

Movie poster for ‘Everest.’ Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Everest:  2 Guns helmer Baltasar Kormakur directs Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, and John Hawkes in this adventure docudrama set in 1996, when a number of simultaneous expeditions up Mount Everest resulted in the deaths of eight climbers. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi . Rating: PG-13 (for intense peril and disturbing images) Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Movie poster for ‘Hotel Transylvania 2.’ Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Hotel Transylvania 2: Now that Dracula (Adam Sandler) has opened the Hotel Transylvania’s doors to humans, things are changing for the better; however, Drac is secretly worried that his half-human grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing his vampire side. So, while Mavis and Johnny are away, Drac enlists his friends to help him put the boy through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But things really get batty when Drac’s cantankerous, old-school dad (Mel Brooks) pays an unexpected visit.~ Sony The hit CG-animated family comedy Hotel Transylvania gets a follow-up with this Sony Pictures Animation production. Rating: PG (some scary images, action and rude humor) Genre: Animation~RT

Movie poster for ‘The Intern.’ Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

The Intern: Ben Whitaker (De Niro) is a Brooklyn-based widower who’s too antsy to accept the reduced schedule that comes with old age. Seeking daily inspiration, Ben applies for an experimental internship at About The Fit, an on-the-rise fashion outlet run by innovative but overworked Jules Ostin (Hathaway). Jules balks at the idea of senior interns at first. But Ben’s such a welcome addition to the About The Fit team – bestowing hard-earned wisdom on the know-little twenty-somethings – that Jules eventually accepts him as a colleague and, later, a friend. Before the credits roll, Ben will have Mary Poppins-ed virtually everyone’s personal and professional lives, serving as the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine (and the movie’s formula) go down.

Make no mistake: The Intern never once deviates from its expected path. Let’s be real. The comedy is engineered, in every frame, to appeal to a specific audience – the kind that likes its laughs telegraphed, its obstacles easily surmounted, and its happy endings all but guaranteed. Every edge has been buffed. Every possible spice in Meyers’ screenplay has been diluted for mass consumption. Brooklyn looks like a polished postcard in the director’s beautifully-lit shots. And fashion start-up companies somehow can afford more office space than Apple… as well as an in-house masseuse. A masseuse!

At the same time, that’s OK. For the most part. The Intern predominantly delivers the movie you figured out that it would be from the two-minute trailer. Meyers’ movies tend to do that. And you can nitpick a movie like The Intern to death if you so choose. But why are you even here (or in the theater showing the latest Nancy Meyers joint) if you have the knives out, ready to attack? This wasn’t meant for you. Meyers, in her own way, understands what her audience is looking for in a two-hour big-screen escape, and she pushes the right buttons along her chosen path. Sometime, The Intern gets a little too slapsticky (a “heist” scene struck me as non-essential, but it played extremely well with our preview audience). And there’s a late-game conflict afflicting Jules that struck me as off-key and heavy-handed. But I’m hard-pressed to slap the wrist of a mainstream studio production that finds roles for the likes of Linda Lavin and Rene Russo – even if the one scene they share takes place at a funeral!

Ultimately, The Intern does enough right that it’s an easy recommendation to those who know what they are getting into. Hathaway and De Niro have good chemistry, playing out the pseudo father-daughter dynamic that Meyers writes between Ben and Jules. And the screenplay saves some of its best jabs for the generation gap that exists between Boomers and Millennials. Take your parents to see The Intern. It speaks directly to them. I mean that as a compliment.  Reviewed By: Sean O’Connell

Coming Soon: Bridge of Spies, Goosebumps, Spectre 007, Peanut Movie, Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2, and Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens are all on our short list.

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