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It’s not easy revisiting the past, but sometimes it’s necessary. At least that’s how director Kathryn Bigelow felt about the epic Detroit riot of 1967. Ignited by an afterhours raid on a black nightclub by the Detroit police force, it lasted for days.

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Peter Berg, the director and one of the writers of this film, seems drawn to tough, real subject matter. In a short time, he’s put out the war story “Lone Survivor,” “Deepwater Horizon” about the BP oil spill in the Gulf, and now this, which is a ripping, tense account of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.

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Director Denis Villeneuve heads for the stars after the drug-fueled border wars of “Sicario” early this year. Even that movie, filled with violence and an unrelenting tension, was in its own way understated, a hallmark of this director’s style. So, too, is “Arrival,” a thoughtful, almost meditative movie that is as much about the limitations of the heart as it is about the outer limits.

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