Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Plot: When alien spacecraft arrive above numerous cities around the world, linguist Dr. Louise Banks is called in to try and decipher the alien language and discover their intentions before humanity accidentally starts an intergalactic war.
Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 94%
Critic Consensus: “Arrival delivers a must-see experience for fans of thinking person’s sci-fi that anchors its heady themes with genuinely affecting emotion and a terrific performance from Amy Adams”
Starring: Naomi Watts, Oliver Platt, Jacob Tremblay, David Cubitt, Charlie Heaton
Directed by: Farren Blackburn
Plot: A widowed child psychologist lives an isolated existence in rural New England. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.
RT Freshness: N/A
Critic Consensus: N/A
Starring: Kimberly Elise, Danny Glover, John Michael Higgins, Romany Malco, Mo’nique, JB Smoove
Directed by: David E. Talbert
Plot: A family comes together for the first Christmas since their family’s matriarch passed away.
RT Freshness: 41%
Critic Consensus: “While far from the worst holiday dramedy audiences could hope for, Almost Christmas isn’t distinctive enough to prompt a visit to the theater — or annual yuletide viewings”