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Arrival deserves our attention for being one of the best-paced, expertly shot and awe-inspiring sci-fi dramas to arrive in theaters in quite some time.
Arrival is Independence Day, with a brain.
Yes, I realize that's a reductive assessment, but it's tough to overlook how both movies approach the shared concept of "first contact by an alien race" from totally different roads. Where tentpole filmmaker Roland Emmerich once placed noisy partygoers on the top of a Los Angeles skyscraper holding homemade…
La La Land is a vital and necessary reminder, to all of us sitting in the theater staring up at that glowing screen, to never stop chasing our dreams.
The smiles start almost immediately, with a CinemaScope gag in the opening credits that lets us know we are in for something historic, nostalgic and fun. The smile grows wider during the opening sequence, a jaw-dropping musical number set in and around a Los Angeles traffic jam that will be studied…
It’s always fun when you can feel a palpable confidence from a blockbuster, and this one has it flowing.
Star power in modern Hollywood isn’t what it once was. It used to be that casting a beloved and/or trendy lead actor was the ultimate key to box office success, but – as has been noted in many think pieces written in the last few years – that’s not really the case anymore. Save a handful of exceptions, mass audiences today…