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


GOOD MORNING VIETNAM
1987, Walt Disney Pictures, 121 min, USA, Dir: Barry Levinson

Delivering dialogue that was frequently improvised, Robin Williams earned his first Oscar nomination as Armed Forces Radio Service DJ Adrian Cronauer, whose freewheeling mix of hits of the day and rapid-fire commentary ruffled military feathers in Saigon during the Vietnam War. Given the setting, there’s drama as well as comedy, plus lots of great music; the film’s platinum-selling soundtrack put Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” back on the charts. Costarring Forest Whitaker and Bruno Kirby.


PANIC ROOM
2002, Sony Repertory, 112 min, USA, Dir: David Fincher

When Jodie Foster and her daughter (a pre-TWILIGHT Kristen Stewart) move into their spacious New York brownstone, they are intrigued to find it includes a high-security safe room - which comes in handy when intruders Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto and Dwight Yoakam come looking for a treasure that belonged to a previous occupant.


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