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VILLAINS, DAREDEVILS & A MARTIAN

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

This weekend, a documentary about Warren Jeffs (opening on LDS General Conference weekend, what a coincidence), a thriller about a high-wire walk and Matt Damon in space lead new films.

“Prophet’s Prey” (not rated). Documentary about Warren Jeffs and his rise to prophet-hood in the Fundamentalist LDS Church, including how he distorted tenets of the Mormon faith to serve his own purposes in coercing thousands of followers to practice polygamy and tacitly approve of underage rape. 

“The Walk” (PG). Dramatic re-creation of Philippe Petit’s daring (and illegal) walk on a high wire between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City on Aug. 7, 1974. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (“Back to the Future,” “Forrest Gump”) and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit. Ben Kingsley co-stars.

“The Martian” (PG-13). Matt Damon stars in this sci-fi thriller based on Andy Weir’s novel about an astronaut left for dead on Mars. But when he revives, he is determined to contact his fellow crewmembers so he can be rescued. Directed by Ridley Scott (“Thelma & Louise,” “Alien”) and co-starring Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, SeanBean and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

“Sicario” (R). Emily Blunt, Benecio del Toro and Josh Brolin star in this thriller about U.S. agents tracking down an anonymous drug lord along the Mexico border. Victor Garber co-stars.

“Sleeping With Other People” (R). Raunchy comedy about a pair of sex addicts (Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie) who meet by chance after 12 years, agree to be platonic friends but then share their sexual exploits with each other. We know where this is going. Co-stars include Natasha Lyonne, Amanda Peet, Adam Scott and Adam Brody.

“Goodbye Mommy” (R). Australian horror film about a mother who has cosmetic surgery and comes home with her face covered in bandages, but her twin 9-year-old boys come to believe it’s not their mother under there. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)

“Breathe” (not rated, in French with English subtitles). An alienated teenage girl is befriended by a beautiful and confident girl, and they become incredibly close — until the confident girl tires of her friend, and things turn dark. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)