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The best interviews are the interviews were I hardly even have to look at my notes, the questions come easily and the conversation flows as if we're both on the exact same page. Such was the case with my brief, but incredibly fun interview with writer/director Alex Garland whose feature directorial debut, Ex Machina, is in theaters now and it packs a sci-fi wallop with plenty of room for post-screening discussion and we only skim the tip of the iceberg in the following chat. To put it simply, Ex Machina centers on a young programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) chosen to participate in a Turing test for the eccentric Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), CEO of a tech giant that has just made a significant breakthrough in the realm of artificial intelligence, her name is Ava (Alicia Vikander). Garland and I discuss the story's origins, whether it's fear or hope we see »
- Brad Brevet
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, April 10. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Ex Machina Director: Alex Garland Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Corey Johnson, Deborah Rosan Synopsis: "Caleb, a 24 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl." Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (22 reviews) The Longest Ride Director: George Tillman, Jr. Cast: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Lolita Davidovich, Melissa Benoist, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Alan Alda, Amy Parrish Synopsis: "The lives of a young »
- Steve Greene
#1 Ex Machina (April 10) (Film Page) Director: Alex Garland Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Corey Johnson, Deborah Rosan Criticwire Average: A- Why is it a "Must See"? This is the first film directed by Alex Garland, the writer behind wonderful projects like "Never Let Me Go," "Sunshine," and "28 Days Later." In "Ex Machina," Garland takes his knowledge and love of sci-fi to new heights. The story focuses on Caleb, a young coder at the world's largest internet company, who is the lucky winner of a competition to spend time at the CEO's exclusive mountain retreat. But when Caleb gets there, he is made to participate in a bizarre experiment with a beautiful robot girl, the world's first true being of artificial intelligence. #2 Clouds of Sils Maria (April 10) (Film Page) Director: Olivier Assayas Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Kristen Stewart, »
Following its North American premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival, A24 Films has released the third trailer for Ex Machina, which hits theaters on April 10. Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, who will next be seen in the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, are joined by Alicia Vikander (Seventh Son) in this sci-fi thriller that has been getting rave reviews at SXSW. Screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) makes his directorial debut with this stylish and cerebral drama.
Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test-charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan's latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That »
Ex Machina Trailer and Clip. Alex Garland‘s Ex Machina (2015) movie trailers 2, movie clip entitled ‘The Turning Test’ star Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Chelsea Li, and Corey Johnson. Ex Machina‘s plot synopsis: “Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition [...]
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- Rollo Tomasi
Following the first trailer released back in October, A24 Films has released the second trailer for Ex Machina, arriving in theaters April 10. Before Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson can be seen in December's highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the actors play much different roles in this sci-fi thriller about the world's first truly-advanced piece of A.I. technology. Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, Ex Machina.
Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test-charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan's latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment »
Wide Fifty Shades of Grey Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Max Martini, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden, Callum Keith Rennie Synopsis: "A literature student Anastasia Steele meets a handsome, yet tormented, billionaire named Christian Grey." Criticwire Grade Average: C (9 reviews) Kingsman: The Secret Service Director: Matthew Vaughn Cast: "Jack Davenport, Sofia Boutella, Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Firth, Mark Hamill, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton, Sophie Cookson, Corey Johnson, Neve Gachev, Geoff Bell, Tom Prior, Samantha Zoe Womack, Jaymes Butler" Synopsis: "The story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius." Criticwire Grade Average: B- (7 reviews) Old Fashioned Director: Rik »
- Steve Greene
Stripping his sci-fi remit back down to basics after the high-profile excesses of Dredd, Alex Garland makes his long-awaited directorial debut with the taut, intimate Ex Machina. A high-concept AI thriller told like a chamber play, Garland's script puts the focus heavily on his powerhouse young cast, their loaded interactions posing questions that are as frequently emotional as existential.
Domhnall Gleeson, who after Frank is becoming known as the everyman thrust into a brave new world, plays a meek young software engineer selected in a competition to take part in a groundbreaking robotics experiment. Transported by helicopter to a remote, sleekly futuristic compound, Caleb is enlisted by reclusive genius Nathan (Oscar Isaac) to test the limitations of a remarkable new AI crafted in the shape of a young woman, »
Following the featurette released last month, the first clip has debuted from A24 Films' Ex Machina. This intense psychological thriller centers on Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a 24 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, who wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the company's reclusive CEO, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). But when Caleb arrives he finds that he will have to participate in a fascinating experiment with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot woman, Ava (Alicia Vikander). Truths, emotions and motives are blurred as the relationship between Caleb, Ava and Nathan intensifies.
Caleb's job is to perform a "Turing Test" (named after The Imitation Game subject Alan Turing) on Ava, to determine whether or not this A.I. being has actual consciousness. Alex Garland, who has written films such as 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd 3D, makes »
9 items from 2015
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