Magazine December 19, 2016, Issue

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Amy Adams as Louise Banks in Arrival (Paramount Pictures)

Like last year’s Room, the alien-invasion (sort of) movie Arrival is an emotional gut-punch, a fist swinging right into the most vulnerable spot in the parental solar plexus. Unlike Room, whose wallop was obvious from its mother-and-child-imprisoned premise, Arrival hits you in a way that is hard to explain. Indeed, I can’t explain much of anything about what makes it, maybe, a great movie, because almost all of its considerable power lies in the shock of revelation.

I can tell you about the aliens, at least. They arrive in a dozen ships, huge gray lozenges hanging perpendicular to land and sea

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