ARRIVAL
2016, Paramount, 116 min, USA, Dir: Denis Villeneuve

With all of humanity on the brink of chaos after alien spacecraft land on Earth, the military enlist top linguist Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) to decipher the ships’ communications and find out why are they here. Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker costar. “Anchored by an internalized performance from Amy Adams rich in emotional depth, this is a grownup sci-fi drama that sustains fear and tension while striking affecting chords on love and loss.” - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


THE IMMIGRANT
2013, The Weinstein Company, 120 min, USA, Dir: James Gray

This Palme d'Or nominee from director James Gray was largely inspired by his grandparents’ experiences coming to America in 1923. Marion Cotillard stars as Ewa, a Polish immigrant whose sister is quarantined when the two arrive at Ellis Island. Desperate to help her sister, Ewa soon is caught between small-time pimp Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix) and his cousin, Emil (Jeremy Renner). Outstanding performances and striking cinematography (by Darius Khondji) bring the period’s gritty reality to life much better than any history book.


AMERICAN HUSTLE
2013, Sony Pictures, 138 min, USA, Dir: David O. Russell

Partially inspired by the late 1970s ABSCAM sting, this complex crime story stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams as a pair of con artists caught up in FBI agent Bradley Cooper's attempts to bring down a shifty New Jersey mayor (Jeremy Renner). Arab Sheikhs, mob bosses and missing millions figure into the plan, which will keep audiences guessing right to the end. With Jennifer Lawrence and Louis C.K. "AMERICAN HUSTLE is an urban eruption of flat-out fun - the sharpest, most exhilarating comedy in years. Anyone who says otherwise must be conning you." - Richard Corliss, Time.


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