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Critical Mass: Arrival sticks its landing

Awards season heats up with three potential Oscar contenders hitting theaters this weekend. The critics have spoken, and EW’s Critical Mass guide will help you decide which of them to see in the coming days. Read on for reviews of Arrival, Elle, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime WalkAlmost Christmas, and the hottest holdover titles now playing. 

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Arrival

Opens Nov. 11.

EW’s Leah Greenblatt says:

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Kristen Stewart, Joe Alwyn shine in exclusive Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk trailer

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee pushed the technological envelope while filming Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk in 3D at 120 frames-per-second with 4K HD clarity, and EW has an exclusive first look at the film’s sleek visuals in an explosive new trailer for the upcoming drama.

Newcomer Joe Alwyn fronts the film’s ensemble cast as a 19-year-old Iraq War veteran suffering from the beginning stages of post-traumatic stress disorder in 2004, as his squad prepares to take the halftime show stage alongside Destiny’s Child at a fictitious football match on Thanksgiving Day.

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Ang Lee reveals why it took him over a year to edit Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Two-time Oscar-winning director Ang Lee’s 13th feature film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, had its world premiere as part of the New York Film Festival on Friday night, finally giving select audiences a first look at the long-gestating project’s boundary-pushing visuals.

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