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1hr 56mins
Directed by
Denis Villeneuve
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Before the film, Harvard science professor Avi Loeb will discuss interstellar travel and the search for extraterrestrial life. 

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team—lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams)—are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers—and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) cemented his auteur status with this superb and cerebral sci-fi masterpiece, featuring a stellar lead performance by Adams. 

About the Speaker

Abraham (Avi) Loeb is the Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University. He has published 4 books and over 700 papers on a wide range of topics, including black holes, the first stars, the search for extraterrestrial life, and the future of the universe. He serves as chair of Harvard's Department of Astronomy, founding director of Harvard's Black Hole Initiative and director of the Institute for Theory and Computation within the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He also chairs the advisory committee for the Breakthrough Starshot initiative, serves as the science theory director for all initiatives of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, as well as chair of the board on physics and astronomy of the National Academies. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the International Academy of Astronautics. In 2012, TIME magazine selected Loeb as one of the 25 most influential people in space.

Review Text

Villeneuve has crafted a movie akin to Close Encounters of the Third Kind: an imaginative, escapist what-if scenario overlaid with semi-profound questions about fate, loss and the meaning of love.

Review Author
Ann Hornaday
Review Publication
The Washington Post
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A movie designed to simultaneously challenge viewers, move them and get them talking.

Review Author
Brian Tallerico
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A drama of elegantly hushed and heightened anticipation.

Review Author
Owen Gleiberman
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