The Shape of Water (****1/2) holds you completely

If you like Del Toro, this is the best work he's created since Pan's Labyrinth. It's regrettable that he's not received more resources to create with, but seeing what he's done here with such seemingly limited funds, I really don't know if it matters. He just needs to bring more of his universe to ours.

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Arrival (****1/2) is learning to accept a different language.

For those of us who are interested in good sci-fi, Arrival hits the mark pretty solidly on the head. Approaching the concept of first contact from a practicality rarely seen in films, it asks questions few movies dare to ask.

Doctor Strange (****) cuts a few corners but is no less enjoyable

  Dr. Strange - 2016 Director Scott Derrickson Screenplay by John Spaihts, C. Robert Cargill and Derrickson Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton We may be reaching a breaking point on guest stars in Marvel films. The talent in Dr. Strange is at once invigorating and frustrating. To find that Ejiofor plays Mordo … Continue reading Doctor Strange (****) cuts a few corners but is no less enjoyable