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Donna Summer

Movie review: 'The Martian' is a welcome journey

The last time Matt Damon went into space, he was a scientist driven to insanity and attempted murder after isolation on a distant ice planet in "Interstellar." Now, in "The Martian," he's once again a scientist stuck alone on a foreign planet but, instead of lapsing into bitterness over his abandonment, he turns into a Boy Scout with killer survival skills, a dry sense of humor, and a growing appreciation for disco music.tmpplchld If that sounds a bit loopy, this is exactly what makes "The Martian" _ based on the bestseller by Andy Weir _ such a welcome switch from the usual serious tone of movies about people who find themselves stranded and on the...