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‘Arrival’: Yes, It’s That Good

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You may have heard that “Arrival,” a thriller about an alien invasion based on a Ted Chiang short story, has been nominated for eight Oscars.

Yes, it’s that good.

Amy Adams, the protagonist, plays a linguist brought in by the U.S. government to try to communicate with mysterious beings, who have landed in pods around the world.

Longtime readers know how much I love sci-fi.

But this isn’t a hard-core, technologically heavy film. It’s beautifully shot, with exceptional sound, and is really more about life, time and — of course — language.

It’s not a perfect film, if you ask me, but it’s very good.

Top Lesser-Known (but Good) Sci-Fi Movies of 2016

Gizmodo has a list of good sci-fi films you might have missed this year.

The only one I’ve seen here is “Midnight Special,” which I thought was solid but not earth-shattering.

I must say I was surprised to see “Swiss Army Man,” which I mentioned back in April, listed here. I just couldn’t get past the trailer. But maybe it’s worth a watch?

Trailer for ‘Chappie,’ New Film by ‘District 9’ Director

File under: Newley.com posts about sci-fi thrillers

Here’s the trailer for “Short Circuit,”Chappie,” a movie due out in March by “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp.

Yes, it features Hugh Jackman with what appears to be a mullet haircut.

Yes, the film also features the members of Die Antwoord.