Arrival ★★★★★

The best first contact style Alien film I've ever seen and a fascinating exploration of language and communication. A stunning performance from Amy Adams makes it easy to emotionally invest in the experience.

The screenplay is complex and thought provoking without feeling pretentious or sloppy and achieves its end game in under 2 hours. A treat in this day and age where forgettable and padded superhero films and fantasy flicks typically clock in at least 20 minutes longer than this.

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