Arrival ★★★★

A truly cinematic experience in glorious conflict with modern modes of Hollywood filmmaking, but its optimistic outlook on communication's abilities to reach understanding is the film's most otherworldly aspect at this particular moment in time. And while I adore the use of film language (particularly its use of the auditory and flashback-cuts) as another means of interpretation and communication, I have a sneaking suspicion that a rewatch may punch some large holes in the movie's most affecting moments. But movies like ARRIVAL simply aren't made often, and that deserves unreserved appreciation.