Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

That boy Denis finally found a script and story worthy of his reliably gorgeous filmmaking, which, he hasn't truly had in full since Enemy imo. (I realize I'm in the minority but, Sicario was...not for me.) Amy Adams goes Peak Jodie in this thoughtful and engrossing first contact story that refreshingly unfolds more or less how an actual alien arrival would in real life. U.N. politics and paranoia drive the story but the real draw is watching Adams expertly navigate the language barrier. Arrival is what I like to call, Fire/Boring. Nothing's going to get your blood pumping—it's tailor made for a turnt down winter watch, but it plays to those strengths. And it all builds to the most emotionally affecting reveal/twist/ending/whatever you want to call it. Just have a fucking hanky on deck. —Frazier Tharpe