The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards are officially up, and they're a bit disappointing.
There's no point in hiding it; 2016 was a rubbish year. But let's be positive and look at the good stuff, shall we? It certainly wasn't a bad year for movies, if you forget about the disastrous summer of sequels, prequels, spin-offs and reboots that fell flat on their faces. Batman v Superman and Independence Day Resurgence being two of the worst. "Saaaaaave Maaartha!" What was that all about?
Have you seen Arrival yet? If not, then I'm issuing a SPOILER ALERT. Don't read on unless you don't mind knowing what the aliens in the film look like. Arrival has captured the minds and hearts of almost everyone around the world in the last month or so. An extraordinary tale of language, unity and time. It's a puzzle that is bewildering but never pretentious, and it's probably one of the best science fiction films of the decade.
Arrival is an intricate masterpiece. A worthy entry into the hall of science fiction fame. Director Dennis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) applies his trademark grit to do for sci-fi what he did for crime thriller in Sicario.