Qual­ity ac­tion movies in Oc­to­ber

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In a Ri­d­ley Scott ac­tion, sci-fi, drama, Matt Damon leads a stel­lar cast which also in­cludes Jeff Daniels, Jes­sica Chas­tain, Kate Mara, Kris­ten Wiig and Sean Bean.

On a manned mis­sion to Mars, as­tro­naut, Mark Wat­ney (Matt Damon) is pre­sumed dead af­ter a se­vere storm on the planet and is left be­hind by the crew. He man­ages to send a mes­sage to them so they can re­turn and res­cue him. The story tells of his sur­vival and ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal of be­ing left alone on the for­bid­den planet.

The movie is based on the best­selling novel of the same name and helmed by master scifi di­rec­tor, Ri­d­ley Scott ( Alien, Alien 2, Prometheus).

‘‘While The Mar­tian will ap­peal to sci-fi fans, it will at­tract a much big­ger au­di­ence, es­pe­cially those who en­joy Ri­d­ley Scott’s di­rec­tion,’’ says Paul Wood, CEO of Down­town Cine­mas.


Hugh Jack­man leads a great cast in this movie retelling of the fa­mous Peter Pan story about an or­phan who’s spir­ited away in Never Land. In the movie he finds fun and dan­ger and ul­ti­mately dis­cov­ers his des­tiny to be­come the hero who’ll for­ever be known as Peter Pan.

‘‘This is a great fam­ily movie for the school hol­i­days,’’ Paul Wood says.


This R18 movie stars Johnny Depp in a role that crit­ics pre­dict will be an Os­car nom­i­na­tion. He stars as Whitey Bul­ger, an Ir­ish crime lord who based his oper­a­tions in South Bos­ton.

It’s set in the 1970s where FBI agent, John Con­nelly (Joel Edger­ton) per­suades the mob­ster to col­lab­o­rate with the FBI to elim­i­nate a com­mon en­emy, the Ital­ian mob.

Black Mass also stars Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch as Whitey’s brother, Wil­liam Bul­ger. ‘‘This movie, although very vi­o­lent, prom­ises to de­liver a grip­ping story of a real life crim­i­nal,’’ Paul says.


From the mind of di­rec­tor Guillermo del Toro, comes this supernatural mys­tery star­ring Tom Hid­dle­ston, Jes­sica Chas­tain, Mia Wasikowska and Char­lie Hun­nam.

While her heart is stolen by a se­duc­tive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a moun­tain of blood red clay.

Be­tween de­sire and dark­ness, mys­tery and mad­ness, lies the truth be­hind Crim­son Peak.

Paul pre­dicts the movie will ap­peal to a wide au­di­ence who en­joy this di­rec­tor’s movies.


Leg­end is the true story of the rise and fall of Lon­don’s most no­to­ri­ous gang­sters, Reg­gie and Ron­nie Kray.

Both are played by Tom Hardy is an in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance.

Leg­end, from Academy Award win­ning di­rec­tor, Brian Hel­ge­land, is a clas­sic, vi­o­lent crime thriller which takes its au­di­ence into the se­cret history of 1960s Lon­don and the ex­tra­or­di­nary events that se­cured the in­famy of the Kray twins.

‘‘Ex­pect an R18 re­stric­tion for this classy mob­ster movie,’’ Paul says.

‘‘It’s my pick of the month.’’


Tom Hanks stars as an Amer­i­can at­tor­ney tasked with ne­go­ti­at­ing the re­lease of a U2 spy plane pi­lot who was shot down over Rus­sia at the height of the Cold War in this his­tor­i­cal drama from the DreamWorks stu­dio.

Steven Spiel­berg di­rects this riv­et­ing thriller which takes the au­di­ence through the story of the bi­o­graph­i­cal drama based on the book of the same name.


A line-up of Bradley Cooper, Si­enna Miller, Uma Thur­man and Emma Thompson star in Burnt, a movie about a chef called Adam Jones who ‘‘had it all and lost it.’’

Jones is a 2 star Miche­lin rock star with bad habits to match in the Paris res­tau­rant scene. To land his own kitchen and the third Miche­lin star, he’ll need the best of the best on his side.

‘‘ Burnt is a re­mark­able funny and emo­tional story about the love be­tween two peo­ple, the love of food and the power of sec­ond chances,’’ Paul Wood says.


The movie is the story of Richie Vance, a has been rock man­ager, who takes his re­main­ing client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. It stars Bill Mur­ray, Bruce Wil­lis, Kate Hud­son and Zooey Deschanel.

When Richie finds him­self in Kabul, aban­doned, pen­ni­less and with­out his pass­port, he dis­cov­ers a young girl with an ex­tra­or­di­nary voice. He then man­ages her to suc­cess in Afghanistan’s ver­sion of Amer­i­can Idol. Paul Wood de­scribes Rock the

Kas­bah as an un­usual but hu­mor­ous movie will ap­peal to the 30 plus age group.

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