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Screen Scene for week of Feb. 3: A Martian among us in ‘Space Between Us’ (+trailers)

Britt Robertson and Asa Butterfield star in “The Space Between Us.”
Britt Robertson and Asa Butterfield star in “The Space Between Us.” Courtesy of STX Entertainment

Best bets opening Friday

“The Space Between Us” – The first human (Asa Butterfield, “Ender’s Game”) born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time and embarks on an adventure with a street-smart girl to search for his father, although scientists warn that his body can’t survive in the Earth’s atmosphere.

“The Comedian” – Indie alert! Robert De Niro stars as a former comedy star struggling to reinvent himself and finds inspiration in a woman (Leslie Mann) he meets while doing mandatory community service.

Also new this week

“Rings” – The deadly videotape returns – only this time online – as a young woman discovers an even darker level to its evil in this reboot of “The Ring” horror franchise.

Last chance

These first-run films are ending soon:

“Arrival” – Amy Adams is a linguist hired by the government to communicate with aliens.

“The Bye Bye Man” – Three friends discover a mysterious figure that is the cause of evil behind man’s unspeakable acts.

“Monster Trucks” – Lucas Till builds a monster truck that comes to life.

Rod Pocowatchit: 316-268-6638, @rawd

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