Amy Adams and Jeremy Ren­ner

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Ar­rival isn’t your av­er­age sci-fi thriller. From the direc­tor of Si­cario, De­nis Vil­leneuve, this film doesn’t just tackle eerie ex­tra-ter­res­tri­als but also grief, love and hope. When alien air­craft touch down on Earth, it trig­gers an in­ter­na­tional govern­ment re­ac­tion that puts mankind on the verge of a very dan­ger­ous war. Amy Adams plays an elite lin­guist haunted by the death of her daugh­ter, who is re­cruited to de­ci­pher the aliens’ lan­guage and stop the war. It might be a fa­mil­iar story, but this film looks and feels very dif­fer­ent. A fi­nal twist will leave you weep­ing.

WHERE TO WATCH IT Out on DVD, Fe­bru­ary 22. WHO WILL LIKE IT Fans of other-wordly adventures. WHAT THE STAR SAYS

Amy Adams: “She felt like ev­ery wo­man I know who’s strug­gling with hard things, who’s work­ing through per­sonal is­sues, while also head­ing out into the world and han­dling life and work. It’s a con­stant bal­ance. It’s a con­stant jug­gling act.”

Direc­tor De­nis is also nom­i­nated, along with writer Eric Heis­serer. Amy and Jeremy star as sci­en­tists learn­ing to com­mu­ni­cate with alien life forms.

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