Scott Carty on 'The Space Between Us,' 'Rings,' 'The Comedian,' 'Midsummer in Newtown'

"Midsummer in Newtown" Photo: courtesy Participant Media / Vulcan Productions.

In theaters this weekend, your choices can take you to space, scare you out of your mind, make you wonder why you’re not laughing or —best of all— feel a full range of emotions from a powerful documentary, produced by Seattle-based Vulcan Productions.

First, let’s go to Mars. "The Space Between Us" stars Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson. Butterfield plays a boy who was born to an astronaut on Mars. As a teenager, he decides to visit Earth to find out who his father is, with a little help from a girl he has met online. Time is of the essence and young love is at stake. "The Space Bewtween Us" is PG-13 and very geared toward teens.

For more of a scare, there’s 'Rings." I have enough trouble making it through the trailer. It’s a horror / thriller about a video that makes its rounds. And if you watch that video, you get a phone call from a woman who informs you that you’ll die seven days later. If that doesn’t scare you away from checking out videos online, you can go to YouTube to see the first three minutes of "Rings" is rated PG-13.

For something that’s supposed to be funny, I spent time watching "The Comedian." And talk about desperately seeking a laugh!"The Comedian" has everything going for it on paper—stars like Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann and Edie Falco and writing from brilliant comics like Jeffrey Ross—but when it hits the screen, you understand why comedy clubs have a two drink MINIMUM. De Niro is an aging and struggling comedian who loses his temper and has to serve community service. He seeks hope in a younger woman and finds new life in a viral video. It’s crude and rated R. And I really wanted to like it.

Finally, a documentary with local ties. "Midsummer in Newtown" opens at Sundance Cinemas Seattle, and it’s a project of Seattle-based Vulcan Productions. It takes us to Newtown, Conn,, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. Through a rock-pop production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” surviving children explore the escape of performing on stage and the healing that brings to the community. We also see one couple use music to honor their lost daughter. "Midsummer in Newtown" is everything from heartbreaking to hopeful. It’s a very powerful documentary I urge you to see. I promise you’ll be inspired.

Finally, congratulations to Seattle resident Ryan Hodgson. Ryan will be joining me on a trip to New York on Feb. 11 through Feb. 12, when he'll get to interview Hugh Jackman for the new movie"Logan" opening March 3. Ryan was selected as Western Washington's Best Wolvie and fan of Hugh Jackman. In fact, he's originally from Australia, loves The Wolverine movies and went to college with Jackman. Ryan will join me on KOMO next week for a sneak peak of what he plans to ask Hugh Jackman.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @ScottCarty for the big adventure.

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