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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May Film Club

Hello everyone!  Looks like we still can't quite get some semi-consistent good weather.  Thank you to everyone who was able to attend last month's screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we had a really good turnout!

For the month of May, I've decided to show another new film, perhaps one of my favorites of the past year.  That film is Denis Villeneuve's masterful sci-fi film, Arrival.

Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve.  The screenplay by Eric Heisserer was based on the 1998 short story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang.  In the film, 12 alien crafts land at various locations around the globe and each nation reacts to them differently in an attempt to understand what the visitors want.  The film stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.  The film received critical acclaim, particularly for its atmosphere, intelligent science fiction storyline, and Adam's performance.  The American Film Institute selected it as one of ten Movies of the Year, and at the 89th Academy Awards, it won the award for Best Sound Editing, as well as nominations for seven others including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.  The film currently holds a certified fresh rating of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and Brian Tallerico, writing for, gave the film 3/4 stars, saying this in his review: "...This is ambitious, accomplished filmmaking that deserves an audience.  It's a film that forces viewers to reconsider that which makes us truly human and the impact of grief on that timeline of existence.  At its best, and largely through Adams' performance, the film proposes that we've all had those days in which communication breaks down and fear over the unknown sets in.  And it is the best of us who persevere, get up from being knocked down and repair that which is broken."

I hope you have a chance to come on out and see this wonderful film from one of my more recent favorite directors!

Here's the trailer:

Hope to see you there!

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