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This rather won­der­ful science-fic­tion drama is very much a next-cen­tury com­pan­ion piece to Steven Spiel­berg’s 1977 clas­sic Close En­coun­ters Of the Third Kind. Though stacked with visi­tors from an­other uni­verse, this is not an alien in­va­sion movie. The in­ter­ga­lac­tic in­ter­lop­ers are not here to over­power us. They are here to be un­der­stood by us. The story is set in the present day. A dozen alien craft have ap­peared at ran­dom lo­ca­tions around the globe. The Amer­i­cans take the lead and board the ves­sel, ap­point­ing a lin­guis­tics ex­pert (Amy Adams) and physi­cist (Jeremy Ren­ner) to in­ter­pret what the visi­tors have to say. Di­rected by in­form French Cana­dian film­maker De­nis Vil­leneuve (Si­cario, Blade Run­ner 2049).

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