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Arrival Arrives on Home Video Beginning On January 31st!

Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival – one of the best films of the year (we have it at #4) – is coming to home video.

One of the best First Contact films of all-time, Arrival is a story about life, language and love.

Paramount Home Media Distribution is releasing Arrival on Digital HD on January 31st and Blu-ray and DVD on February 14th.

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Treason? Really? Trailer: Arrival!

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When a dozen alien spacecraft touch down around the world, Dr. Louise Banks is drafted to translate the alien language when – instead of bringing the world together, the aliens’ arrival puts the planet on the brink of global war.

The final trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival dropped today. Check it out after the break. Arrival touches down on November 11th.

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Proper Introduction Trailer: Arrival!

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Louise Banks is one of the top translators in America which doesn’t sound like the most exciting of jobs until twelve giant, egg-shaped alien craft take up positions over different parts of the globe – including one in Montana.

Now she’s drafted to help figure out who the aliens are and what they want – as pressure builds a round the world – possibly leading to war.

If you thought the tester for the trailer for Arrival was intriguing, wit ’til you get a load of this! The first official trailer – and a gallery of posters for each of the twelve UFOs – for Arrival follows the break. It opens on November 11th.

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Tense Teaser For Trailer: Arrival!

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Denis Villeneuve’s follow up to Sicario is a science fiction movie about an alien first contact.

With the world on the brink of war, alien spacecraft touch down around the globe. The American team assigned to meet with them includes linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams).

The first teaser for Arrival has been released and, wouldn’t you know it, it’s a teaser for the first official trailer. As with that other high profile teaser for a trailer that dropped today, this one is also very well crafted.

Check it out after the jump. Arrival will be in theaters on November 11th. The full trailer drops on August 16th.

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Sicario – Idealism Versus Pragmatism in an Ugly World!

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This weekend, Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario opens in wide release. Sicario, the film tells us, is the Mexican word for hitman. It also tells us that it was the Hebrew word for the one who hunts the ones who killed us (i.e. Romans – it’s a very old word).

Sicario is a deeply disturbing film about an idealistic FBI agent who leaves her division – which deals with kidnapping and hostages – to volunteer for a joint taskforce that ostensibly is to take down a Mexican cartel.

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SundanceTV Launches Shorts On SundanceTV!

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Not every story needs a 180-minutes, $300 million budget and a ton of CGI to do it justice. SundanceTV not only recognizes this, they’ve launched Shorts on SundanceTV – highlighting ‘notable  drama and comedy short films from the past decade’ on their already award-winning website.

Genres range from family drama to sci-fi weirdness and come from heralded directors (Jill Solloway, Transparent; Denis Villeneuve, Prisoners, Sicario); actors venturing onto new ground (Jordana Spiro, Mob Doctor) and people you might never otherwise have heard of (Emily Carmichael).

The first five selections are up now. Check them out. And for further information, follow the jump.

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Enemy’s Tangled Web Scares, Provokes!

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Denis Villeneuve’s new film, Enemy, was actually filmed before last year’s Prisoners and – other than sustaining a single, predominant mood – has nothing in common with it except for the presence of Jake Gyllenhaal. Whatever commerciality Prisoners might have had is also absent here – unless commercial has suddenly become a synonym for intelligent, thoughtful, and simultaneously weird and deliberate.

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Villeneuve Takes Prisoners Beyond Genre!

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You will, almost certainly, read elsewhere that Denis Villeneuve’s film Prisoners is a revenge movie. Since vengeance cannot be enacted without there being some kind of finality to the original crime, I’m not quite how that would work. Rather, Prisoners is a psychological thriller with some nasty violence – a film that explores the depths to which a human being will sink to save his child.

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