Two new films are playing in local theaters this month. One is an innovative sci-fi feature called ARRIVAL starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker. Adams gets most of the screen time as Dr. Louise Banks, a brilliant university linguist, who is employed by the U.S. military to translate the language of aliens. The story involves twelve alien spacecraft that land in a dozen locales across the earth. The extraterrestrials, which are called Heptapods, are nothing like humans in their appearance, but they do seem to be capable of communication. While they look absolutely primordial, they have powers that we on earth have not yet acquired.