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Have you ever wondered what your purpose is on this earth?  What your purpose in life?  For your family and those that you love?

In my opinion,  Amy Adams is one of Hollywood’s most underrated actresses.  She makes every role she does look like a walk in the park, when in fact, what she’s doing is very difficult and hard to master.

In Arrival, Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is a master linguist, who is trying to make sense of her daughter’s death, when she is recruited by the military  to translate the communication of an alien beings that have landed on earth.

Her partner in crime, Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) doubts Bank’s abilities to assist in deciphering  when they discover the language isn’t as foreign as they have anticipated.

Mixed with elements of  sci-fi films we all know and love (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. Contact, Independence Day…) and brilliantly shot by Bradford Young (Star Wars), Arrival take s the  audience on a journey of discovery that leaves  us all asking if we innately know why we are born, what our purpose is in life and in death.

Director Denis Villenueve is a master of suspense within action-adventure films like Sicario and his attention to detail is no less than stellar this time around.  It literally took me the majority of the film to figure out what the hell was happening (which is a good thing)😉

Arrival is a rollercoaster ride, but will have you walking away having a discussion of life you have never encountered before.  Arrival opened nationwide on November 11th.


I love, love love movies, watching them and discussing them...thus the birth of The Curvy Film Critic!!! Host/Producer/FilmCritic,Carla Renata is a member of such esteemed organizations as Critics Choice Association (Co-President Documentary Branch), African American Film Critics Association, Online Association of Female Film Critics and Alliance of Women Film Journalists. My op-eds or features have been seen in VARIETY, RogerEbert.com, Maltin on Movies, The Cherry Picks, IGN Movies, as well as being a frequent Guest Contributor to Fox 11-LA, Good Day LA, ET Live!, Turner Classic Movies, KCRW Press Play with Madeline Brand, The Cherry Picks, The Stream Team (Beond TV) ITV, Fox Soul's The Black Report, The ListTV and more. Catch my reviews on The Curvy Critic with Carla Renata - LIVE!!! Mondays 5pm PST via You Tube or Facebook Live. If you like what you read please shout me out and subscribe to The Curvy Critic on YouTube. You can chat with me across all social media platforms @TheCurvyCritic and as always, thanks for supporting a sista'

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