2017 Movie #119: The Hurt Locker (2008)

2017 Movie #119: The Hurt Locker (2008)

Kathryn Bigelow’s bold cinematic return after seven years out of the director’s chair, and the first in a series of collaborations with screenwriter Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker is one of the best depictions of life in the Iraq war, as told through the eyes of an explosive ordnance disposal team.

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2017 Movie #17: Arrival (2016)

2017 Movie #17: Arrival (2016)

Since his 2013 English-language debut, 2013’s Prisoners, French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve has firmly established himself in the inner circle of Hollywood’s most exciting and critically acclaimed directors. His films have a luscious, yet stark, visual style, and his mastery of tension and suspense is close to unparalleled in modern filmmaking.

I thought that 2015’s Sicario, starring Emily Blunt, was one of the most thrilling films in recent memory, and I was very excited when it was announced that his next film would be a science fiction film starring Amy Adams, who is one of my favorite actresses.

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