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Olivia Popp’s top five films of 2016

5. “Manchester by the Sea” The movie was almost just a chance to showcase Casey Affleck, who, prior to this film, was unknown to many regular filmgoers. Nevertheless, everyone loves a good real-life drama, which is what “Manchester by the Sea” gave us. Something about this film’s sweet, sweet cinematic storytelling evokes a story near…

Film review: Brainy alien-invasion story ‘Arrival’ marries Spectacle with Intelligence

So… it feels weird writing a review two days after the Election. As if anything else that happens this week is remotely as consequential as that event. But I can’t not produce content. I signed a contract and everything. The good news is “Arrival” is quite excellent. I considered director Denis Villeneuve’s previous film “Sicario”…