Ice ca­pers keep blood flow­ing


Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Der­mot Mul­roney Stranded and in­jured, two sur­vivors of a plane crash must rely on one another. THE high-al­ti­tude drama The Moun­tain Be­tween Us wisely un­der­stands that it re­ally only needs a few things to get its job done — a dra­matic sit­u­a­tion, a beau­ti­ful but treach­er­ous lo­ca­tion and two in­tensely charis­matic, at­trac­tive peo­ple smack in the mid­dle of both.

Story-wise, there’s not re­ally much to this adap­ta­tion of Charles Martin’s novel CAP­TAIN UN­DER­PANTS A pair of young pranksters ac­ci­den­tally hyp­no­tise their school head­mas­ter into be­liev­ing he’s scant­ily-clad su­per­hero Cap­tain Un­der­pants in this car­toon com­edy. (G, Vil­lage and Read­ing) The se­cret life of those ex­pres­sive emo­jis in your smart­phone. (G, Vil­lage and Read­ing) about two mis­matched strangers forced to rely on one another to sur­vive af­ter a plane crash in a win­try, iso­lated moun­tain range.

Brain sur­geon Ben (Idris Elba) and pho­to­jour­nal­ist Alex (Kate Winslet) are equally frus­trated by the stormy weather that has grounded their com­mer­cial flight — she’s on the way to her wed­ding to Mark (Der­mot Mul­roney), he has an op­er­a­tion to per­form. So Alex pro­poses the two hire a char­ter plane to get them to their des­ti­na­tion.

But when the pi­lot (Beau Bridges) suf­fers a fa­tal stroke in mid-flight the plane crashes, leav­ing them stranded high in FI­NAL POR­TRAIT Ge­of­frey Rush plays Al­berto Gi­a­cometti in this biopic about the Swiss artist. (M, Vil­lage) the moun­tains with the pi­lot’s golden re­triever.

Cau­tious, log­i­cal Ben be­lieves they have a bet­ter chance of be­ing res­cued if they stay where they are. The driven Alex, de­spite a bro­ken leg, is keen to leave the wreck­age be­hind and make her way down the moun­tain.

And when she takes off (with the dog in tow), Ben feels obliged to fol­low. It’s a slow jour­ney in freez­ing con­di­tions, per­haps more frus­trat­ing than truly per­ilous, but ex­po­sure and ex­haus­tion slowly start tak­ing their toll.

And the longer Alex and Ben spend bat­tling the el­e­ments, the closer they FLAT­LIN­ERS In this re­make of the spooky ‘90s thriller, a group of med­i­cal stu­dents re­peat­edly kill and re­vive them­selves to ex­pe­ri­ence death. Great idea, guys. (M, Vil­lage and Read­ing) Four long­time friends re­unite for the wildest of week­ends in New Or­leans. (MA, Vil­lage)

PRAG­MATIC: Brain sur­geon Ben (Idris Elba) in The Moun­tain Be­tween Us.

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