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Michael Pena

Movie review: 'The Martian' makes you feel good to be an Earthling

Ridley Scott's space operas have been pretty bleak. "Alien" and its follow-up prologue "Prometheus" carried us to places where everyone can hear you scream. "Blade Runner" brought killer androids from their slave confines on extraterrestrial colonies to destroy their creators on Earth. Scott's goal has been to make us unsettled, not uplifted. Unlike the "Star Trek" franchise, he's never inspired NASA engineers.tmpplchld Until now, that is. "The Martian," a survival story about an astronaut stranded on the red planet, is by far the most inspiring entry in the 77-year-old director's ample catalog. It's a big-hearted mash note to...