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Ris­ing di­rec­tor De­nis Vil­leneuve, adapt­ing Ted Chi­ang’s story about large space­crafts that have landed all over Earth, of­fers a quiet thriller that plays like an art­house ver­sion of Close En­coun­ters of the Third Kind. Amy Adams stars as a bril­liant lin­guist who, along with a physi­cist `(Jeremy Ren­ner), is charged by an Army colonel (For­est Whi­taker) to com­mu­ni­cate with the aliens. This the­mat­i­cally rich story un­folds slowly, of­ten with­out mu­sic, but never feels slow. It of­fers philo­soph­i­cal ques­tions about how we ex­pe­ri­ence life and em­pha­sizes the im­por­tance of lan­guage and to­geth­er­ness — the story’s big­gest bar­ri­ers are not be­tween peo­ple and aliens but be­tween Earth’s na­tions. Ex­pect a few big plot twists, which not only daz­zle you with their clev­er­ness but also add re­newed emo­tional heft to ev­ery­thing that has come be­fore. Rated PG-13. 116 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Robert Ker)


Us­ing rare pho­to­graphs, archival footage, and voiceovers based on Ma­bel Dodge Luhan’s own cor­re­spon­dences, tells the story of the art pa­tron’s early years as a so­cialite in Buf­falo through to her es­tab­lish­ment of a Taos haven for mod­ernist artists and writ­ers in­clud­ing D.H. Lawrence, Mars­den Hart­ley,

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