I don't think Contact was lousy, but it was sure sluggish at times. Way too much love story in that mix. I don't care how cute the producers thought Matthew McConaughey was! I also think "Arrival" suffered from an over sappiness quota. Between Jeremy Reiner's stumbling dolt persona and Amy Adams red-headed ice queen stare, I thought the squids were much more loveable creatures And the trying to learn a language sequences were draggy as hell. Okay. Interesting process I'm sure. But not that interesting. I'm glad I didn't have to watch the keyboardist practice the Close Encounters theme for 20 minutes. That was coupled with the ultimate "IT'S WAR" cliche with the aliens and the BIG COUNTDOWN -- that element moved "Arrival" right into the b-picture realm where it shouldn't have been. Everybody loves this Dennis director as the great new auteur and he turned in a Nolanesque puff piece that broke ground on Earth Vs The Flying Saucers and not "2001."