Automata Is Less Than Meets the Eye

Automata Is Less Than Meets the Eye

Automata, a bit of Spanish-Bulgarian science fiction from 2014, begins in familiar territory. A post-apocalyptic world. A monolithic city with the remains of humanity huddled inside. A vast, radioactive wasteland. And, naturally, sentient robots. Many films have made these components work. But despite some talented actors, dramatic scenery, and the

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Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation Coming to Theaters in February

Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation Coming to Theaters in February

Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 weird horror novel, Annihilation, is coming to the big screen on February 23, 2018. Adapted and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later), Annihilation will star Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Annihilation is the first novel in VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. It

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Ex Machina Thinks Before It Speaks

Ex Machina Thinks Before It Speaks

Ex Machina, written and directed by Alex Garland, is a beautiful, quiet, well-told little movie. It has complex characters, low-key effects and minimal flash, and gives its audience space to contemplate the hazards of artificial intelligence. In its understated way, Ex Machina gets under one’s skin.

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