Wind River (2017; USA/UK/Canada; Colour; 107m) ***½ d. Taylor Sheridan; w. Taylor Sheridan; ph. Ben Richardson; m. Warren Ellis. Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Jon Bernthal, Julia Jones, Matthew Del Negro, Kelsey Asbille, Gil Birmingham, Ian Bohen, Martin Sensmeier, Hugh Dillon, Eric Lange, Mason D. Davis, James Jordan, Teo Briones, Tara Karsian. A female FBI agent and a veteran game tracker investigate the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a dead woman on a Native American reservation. Leisurely-paced and well-written character-driven mystery retains interest throughout due to the compelling performances of the leads and the beautiful, but unforgiving snow-filled Wyoming location. 
Arrival (2016; USA; Colour; 116m) ∗∗∗∗ d. Denis Villeneuve; w. Eric Heisserer; ph. Bradford Young; m. Jóhann Jóhannsson. Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O’Brien, Tzi Ma, Nathaly Thibault, Pat Kiely, Joe Cobden, Julian Casey, Larry Day, Russell Yuen, Abigail Pniowsky, Philippe Hartmann, Andrew Shaver. When alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist (Adams) is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. Thought-provoking sci-fi poses as many questions as it answers and as such may not satisfy everyone. But those looking for something more high-brow than the standard alien invasion movie, this gives much to enjoy. Great use of sonics to convey an alien language heightened by a resonant score. Murkily shot to create a genuinely memorable alien environment. Adams and Renner make for effective ordinary scientists in an extraordinary situation. Won Oscar for Best Sound Editing (Sylvain Bellemare). Based on a short story by Ted Chiang.