Latest movies: Arrival, American Pastoral, 100 Streets

Amy Adams talks to aliens, Ewan McGregor has a radical in the family, and Idris Elba goes clear

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ARRIVAL ★★★★

Alien spacecraft fetch up on Earth in a sci-fi epic that’s grounded in cogitation rather than annihilation, as boffins Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner fly in to have a chinwag with our extraterrestrial visitors. Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) keeps a cool hand on the directorial tiller, which bodes well for his sequel to 80s landmark Blade Runner (out next year).

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AMERICAN PASTORAL ★★★

Ewan McGregor makes his directorial feature debut with this adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, in which a father searches for a daughter radicalised into protest and destructive action by US participation in the Vietnam War. The Scot does double time starring as the dutiful dad, and there’s top-class support from Jennifer Connelly as his wife and Dakota Fanning as the rebellious runaway. 

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100 STREETS ★★★

An accident puts a disparate cast of characters (Idris Elba’s womanising rugby star, Ken Stott’s old thespian, Franz Drameh’s tearaway teenager) on a collision course in a contemporary urban drama set in one square mile of west London. Like 2004 Oscar-winner Crash, only set in Blighty.


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FRANCOFONIA ★★★★

THE INNOCENTS ★★★★


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