Arrival

Arrival

Arrival

Sicario director Denis Villeneuve casts Amy Adams as an expert linguist enlisted by the US government to investigate and communicate with an alien spacecraft, one of a dozen that have landed on Earth.

Aliens have landed, they aren't humanoid, and they don't speak English - or any of our languages. As countries around the world both cooperate with one another and race against each other for a breakthrough, Louise Banks (Adams), physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) and their elite American team must race against time to find answers. 

Best Sound Editing, Academy Awards 2017; Best Sound, BAFTAs 2017
2016Rating: M, Mature themes and coarse language116 minsUSA
DramaScience Fiction

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Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

One day Dennis Villeneuve will make a masterpiece. Incendies (2010) came close as dammit. Prisoners (2013) started strong but twisted when it should have stuck. Enemy (2013) was far too esoteric (read pretentious). And Sicario (2015) was superbly crafted but just shy of world-shaking.

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Village Voice

Village Voice

For most of its running time, Arrival is entrancing, intimate, and moving - a sci-fi movie that looks not up at the stars but rather deep within.

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Variety

Variety

You feel you’ve had a close encounter with what might have been an amazing movie, but not actual contact.

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Total Film

Total Film

A super-smart sci-fi that'll blow your mind and have you on the edge of your seat without recourse to explosions or souped-up fighter jets.

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Time Out

Time Out

Plenty of smart ideas and bravura visuals.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Both heartfelt and very entertaining.

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Stuff

Stuff

Incredibly thoughtful and gentle, placing diplomacy over conflict.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Adams' performance as Dr Louise Banks is terrific. She's the affecting emotional core of this.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Anchored by an internalized performance from Amy Adams rich in emotional depth, this is a grownup sci-fi drama that sustains fear and tension while striking affecting chords on love and loss.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Arrival is Villeneuve's The Day The Earth Stood Still or Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, and somehow he makes it true to the tropes while also feeling like something new.

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