Friday Flicks: Arrival, Moonlight

The Morning Show
A challenging science fiction film and a moving examination of modern youth are on area screens this weekend.
Stopping by the studio to tell us about what he’s calling “two of the best films of the year”… is film critic Chuck Koplinski.
 
Arrival (starts Friday) A linguist (Amy Adams) is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications.  Director Denis Villaneuve (prisoners, sicario) Continues to push the audience out of its comfort zone with this challenging, smart and ultimately rewarding piece of science fiction that manages to accomplish all that Christopher Nolan failed to accomplish with “Interstellar.”  this less said the better about the plot this one has to be experienced from each viewer’s unique perspective. 4 stars (Chuck Koplinski)  Rated PG-13. 116 minutes. Amc, car, sav.
 
Moonlight (starts Friday) Writer/director Barry Jenkins’ first feature film is an impressive debut that uses a three-act structure to chart the development of a young black gay boy growing up in a rough neighborhood in Miami. The role is played by three different actors (Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders & Trevante Rhodes), which is more than just a gimmicks as they each bring a distinctive quality to the part to mark the characters progression.  Minimalist in its approach, Jenkins and his cast doesn’t shrink from the difficult nature of this material nor does he shrink from providing an honest, worthy ending to this very special film. 4 stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 110 minutes. Art.

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