Arrival (2016) ★★★☆☆

Based on the short story “Story of your life”, Twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world and a linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the alien visitors.

The Handmaiden (2016) ★★★★☆

Director Chan Wook Park adds to his growing collection of graphic and provocative cinema. This time around he seems to let violence take a backseat to sexuality and what results is a stunningly contemporary and classical period film. It’s a thought provoking study on the nature of uninhibited carnal desires and unlike his previous works, both tone and narrative style is quite Japanese in nature.