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The great projected blockbuster war of 2015 is all well and good, but with just over a fortnight left in December, we may already have found the best science fiction movie of the new year.
Set almost entirely indoors with a cast of just four, the film is high concept sci-fi told like a simmering psychological stage drama, its tension built entirely around the characters, their loaded words and their ambiguous intentions towards one another. Domhnall Gleeson is Caleb, a mild-mannered young programmer who's selected to take part in a groundbreaking AI experiment.
Garland was inspired to write about consciousness and robotics by a debate he had with a friend, whose main interest was in neurology.
"The thrust of his argument was that computers can never be conscious, »
Wildlike will screen at 5:00pm Saturday, November 22nd at the Tivoli Theater as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival. Ticket information can be found Here. Frank Hall Green will be in attendance to answer questions about his film
In writer-director Frank Hall Green’s Wildlike, Mackenzie (Ella Purnell of “Malificent”), a troubled but daring teenage girl, is sent by her desperate and struggling mother to live with her uncle (Bruce Geraghty of “The Hurt Locker”) in Juneau, Alaska. Although her uncle initially seems like a supportive caretaker and friend, the relationship takes an uncomfortably sinister turn, and Mackenzie is forced to run away. Trying to make her way back to Seattle alone to find her absent mother, Mackenzie instead ends up going ever deeper into the Alaskan interior. Lost and with no one else to turn to, she shadows a backpacker, the loner Bartlett (Bruce Greenwood of »
- Tom Stockman
In the “original trilogy” of X-Men movies, Famke Janssen was Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner’s Jean Grey. She was a force to be reckoned with, and she wore a heck of a lot of red. On the other side of the Jean-Scott coin, James Marsden’s Cyclops had enough cheek and charm to throw off Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) as a rival for Jean Grey’s attentions.
But that was then. This is now. Let’s get into some Days of Future Past spoilers.
With X-Men: Days Of Future Past rebooting the X-Men timeline and essentially erasing everything that happened in X-Men: The Last Stand, it makes sense that Janssen and Marsden are back, casually talking to Logan at the end of Days of Future Past as if nothing happened.
In that scene, however, it’s clear that this is when Professor Xavier is much older (and more bald) – as »
- Sasha James
Director Bryan Singer already said that "X-Men: Apocalypse" will mostly focus on the younger X-Men team. And now comes word that the helmer is in talks with several actors to play the roles of Jean Grey and Cyclops. For the role of Jean Grey, the list of actresses includes Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), Elle Fanning (Maleficent) and Hailee Steinfelf (True Grit). For the role of Cyclops, the actors being considered are Ben Hardy (EastEnders), Charlie Rowe (Never Let Me Go) and Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar). Singer has already met with some of actors, but is still considering others, including unknowns. Famke Janssen played Jean Grey in five "X-Men" movies, with Haley Ramm portraying the character in "X-Men: The Last Stand." Cyclops, aka Scott Summers, has been portrayed by James Marsden in four films and by Tim Pocock in "X-Men: Origins: Wolverine." »
I enjoyed X-Men: Days of Future Past and have a little bit of interest in seeing what Bryan Singer has planned for X-Men: Apocalypse, but I have to admit that when I see casting news that several actors are in contention to play the roles of Jean Grey and Cyclops in the film it feels a little like attempting to reinvent the wheel. Yes, I understand all franchises recast characters and I'm not above acknowledging the hypocrisy, but for whatever reason the fact this is supposed to be within the same world as all the other X-Men films it makes me wish we could just get a few new characters rather than reintroducing old ones with new faces. Especially when I thought both Famke Janssen and James Marsden did quite well with the roles. But pushing all the bitching and moaning aside, The Wrap has the skinny on the new talent, »
- Brad Brevet
Looking for some less mainstream sci-fi films in the year ahead? Then here's our list of 10 genre movies to look out for in 2015...
If you've been keeping an eye on next year's schedules, you'll probably already know about some of the major sci-fi films due for release in 2015. Ridley Scott will leave Matt Damon stranded on the red planet in The Martian. Colin Trevorrow will unleash a new breed of dinosaurs in Jurassic World. George Miller will be bringing us his belated Mad Max sequel Fury Road, Neill Blomkamp will show off his robot sci-fi comedy Chappie, and then, of course, there's Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
But what about the smaller genre films, the ones that don't have the marketing budget of, say, Disney's Tomorrowland, or the brand recognition of Star Wars? Those are the kinds of films we're focusing on here: the lower budget, »
Asa Butterfield is in negotiations to play the lead 17 year old Jacob, who sets off in a search for answers to the story of his eastern European grandfather, after the traumatic & mysterious death of his beloved grandfather. He finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures who are out to destroy them.
Asa (represented by Independent Talent) was recently nominated for Best Actor at the BFI film awards for his role as a maths prodigy in X + Y, and he has previously played the lead in Ender's Game, Hugo and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
18 year old Ella Purnell will join him as young girl named Emma who can control fire »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
Based on Jeff VanderMeer's novel of the same name, Annihilation centers on a team of four scientists who set off to explore a mysterious place known as Area X, which is cut off from all civilization. This will be the 12th expedition into Area X, with the story focusing on a biologist seeking the truth about why her husband disappeared, after the previous missions have ended with members committing suicide, being stricken with cancer or developing mental illnesses.
Paramount and producer Scott Rudin acquired the rights to Jeff VanderMeer's book trilogy known as "The Southern Reach" last year. The first book, Annihilation, was published in March, with the follow-ups Authority and Acceptance arriving in May and September.
Alex Garland, the writer of such films as "The Beach," "28 Days Later," "Sunshine," "Never Let Me Go" and "Dredd," is making his directorial debut on a sci-fi thriller called "Ex Machina." And today we have the official trailer. Check it out below. Plot: The film follows a billionaire inventor who arranges for a young employee to spend a week at his home to test an artificially intelligent female robot that the inventor has constructed. "Ex Machina" is set to hit UK theaters on January 23rd, 2015. A Us release will follow on April 10th. Trailer: »
Alex Garland is an excellent writer. The screenwriter behind Never Let Me Go, 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd has tremendous range, and the fact that he can go from breaking your heart with a tragic Kazuo Ishiguro adaptation to writing a ridiculously good action movie shows he has discovered few limits so far. Some may argue he has a problem landing third acts, but those final 30 minutes of Sunshine are completely built up to and valid. Seriously. Garland tackles high-concepts with real humanity, and his characters are generally as fascinating as his big ideas. He may strike that balance once again with his directorial debut, Ex Machina. The sci-fi film stars Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Domhnall Gleeson (In Time) and Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina). Gleeson plays Caleb, a coder who wins a contest to spend time with a private CEO, Nathan (Isaac), and his A.I. creation. When Caleb arrives at Nathan’s home he’s »
- Jack Giroux
The sci-fi thriller marks the first time behind the camera for 28 Days Later writer and author of The Beach, Alex Garland. In the film, a young computer coder (Gleeson) wins a trip to visit the reclusive CEO (Isaac) of his company, only to discover that he is the human subject in his boss’ Turing test involving a new artificial intelligent being (Alicia Vikander). With a sensual and sophisticated intelligence, this female robot challenges both men in a game of deception, blurring the lines between man and machine.
Garland had proven he’s adept at expertly blending genres and is no stranger to sci-fi, having penned the screenplays for both the space odyssey Sunshine and his adapted screenplay for Never Let Me Go. He’s not leaving the genre or his writing days »
- Rachel West
The directorial debut of screen writer and novelist Alex Garland (Sunshine, Never Let Me Go, and 28 Days Later), Ex Machina sees Domhnall Gleeson play Caleb, a programmer for an internet search giant, who wins a competition to spend a weekend with the company's reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). But upon meeting Batemen, Caleb realises he has been selected as the human component in a Turing Test to evaluate whether or not his latest experiment in artificial intelligence, Ava (Alicia Vikander), possesses a human consciousness. This story is nothing new, but Garland has always had the knack of offering unique twists on sci-fi concepts. The first trailer does promise a tense thriller in amongst the sci-fi trappings, with some great performances from our three leads. Released: 23rd January 2015 (Irl/U.K.)/ 10th April 2015 (U.S.) »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Domhnall Gleeson, the Irish actor who's appeared in such varied things as Never Let Me Go, Dredd and Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror, has a big year ahead of him in 2015. For one thing, he's cast in an unspecified role in Star Wars: Episode VII, and there's also The Revenant, a western which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.
Then there's Ex Machina, which is described as an "intense psychological thriller" about a coder named Caleb (Gleeson) who spends a week in the home of Nathan (Oscar Isaac) the secretive boss of a huge internet company. Nathan's been secretly working on Ava, an artificially intelligent being played by Alicia Vikander. A bond grows between Caleb and Ava, and as the trailer below suggests, it all threatens to get terribly out of hand. »
I really one to see Alex Garland’s “Halo” movie. If anyone could abolish the video games-don’t-make-good-movie myths, Garland was a likely candidate. His science fiction writing is heady without drowning in self-importance. “28 Days Later” is a great film. “Never Let Me Go” flirts with all the right ideas and tones, even if it’s too dour for its own good. “Dredd” trounced low expectations with its tangibility and streamlined focus. Garland wrote a draft of “Halo” nearly a decade ago. It still sounds like the perfect match of writer and blockbustery source material. There’s little chance we’ll see his take, but it’s relevant because the first look at Garland’s directorial debut, “Ex Machina,” will only make you wish someone with this control over the genre could step into a mega-budgeted action movie. This trailer proves that Oscar Isaac yammering about Turing tests can be »
- Matt Patches
We've seen sci-fi films, we've seen knotty love stories, but it's likely we haven't seen anything quite like "Ex Machina." Blending a variety of genres and bringing together a great, young cast (two of whom are in another sci-fi spectacle in 2015, a little movie you might've heard of called "Star Wars: Episode VII"), this is a film we're eager to see. And today, the first two trailers have arrived. And one of the big reasons we're anticipating "Ex Machina" is screenwriter Alex Garland. He's made quite the name for himself over the years in the world of genre film, writing three movies for Danny Boyle (two of which he directed), —“28 Days Later,” “Sunshine,” and “28 Weeks Later” — one for Mark Romanek (“Never Let Me Go”), and he also penned the 2012 cult fave “Dredd.” But as many celebrated screenwriters are wont to do, Garland is trying his hand at directing, and is »
- Edward Davis
"To erase the line between man and machine is to obscure the line between men and gods." Thus begins the first Ex Machina trailer, projecting an ominous tone for the psychological thriller. The script by Alex Garland centers on a billionaire programmer (Oscar Isaac) who invites a young employee (Domhnall Gleeson) to his remote estate to be the human component in a Turing test to evaluate his new artificial intelligence robot, Ava (Alicia Vikander). This is Garland's directorial debut, and I am curious to see what he can do after contributing to great ambivalent science fiction like 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go. Plus, Isaac is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors. I'll watch anything he's in, especially if he plays a shady genius with a great beard. The A24 release opens April 10, 2015. Watch the Ex Machina trailer after the jump. Official synopsis: Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, »
- Brendan Bettinger
Alex Garland, the writer of such films as "The Beach," "28 Days Later," "Sunshine," "Never Let Me Go" and "Dredd," is making his directorial debut on a sci-fi thriller called "Ex Machina." And today we have the official poster. Check it out below and come back later today to watch the trailer. Plot: The film follows a billionaire inventor who arranges for a young employee to spend a week at his home to test an artificially intelligent female robot that the inventor has constructed. "Ex Machina" is set to hit UK theaters on January 23rd, 2015. A Us release date has yet to be announced. Poster: (click to enlarge) »
If you're a fan of the sci-fi genre, then 2014 has been something of a blessing. There has been a glut of top shelf sci-fi movies released this year, from the Tom Cruise intergalactic war movie "Edge of Tomorrow," to the thoughtful eeriness of "Under the Skin," to the creepy body-snatching of "Honeymoon," to the wonderful socio-political commentary of "Snowpiercer" to the balls-out fun of "Guardians of the Galaxy." All of these movies are magic. And they call came out this year. Thankfully, it looks like this winning streak is going to continue into 2015, with the first trailer for Alex Garland's "Ex Machina" already blowing our minds.
Garland, if you're unfamiliar with his work, was once a cerebral novelist whose cult book "The Beach" was adapted by Danny Boyle and Leonardo DiCaprio. That chance encounter with Boyle, though, started a second wind to his career, with Garland writing two terrific »
- Drew Taylor
Alex Garland, the screenwriter of films such as Sunshine, 28 Days Later, Never Let me Go, and Dredd, has directed his first feature film that he also wrote. It's called Ex Machina, and it's a sci-fi thriller that stars Oscar Isaac and Domhall Gleeson. Today we have a great new teaser poster for you to check out below. The film is described as a stylish and cerebral thriller. Here's the synopsis for the seriously cool sounding film:
Caleb Smith (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 (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 is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A. »
- Joey Paur
"Star Wars Episode VII" co-stars Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson are starring in not one but two sci-fi films next year. The actors' A.I. thriller "Ex Machina" is slated to hit theaters on April 10, 2015 via A24 Films, the distributor behind such recent indie hits as "Spring Breakers" and "The Bling Ring," the company announced on Wednesday. The film is the directorial debut of screenwriter and author Alex Garland ("28 Days Later," "Never Let Me Go"), whose 1996 novel "The Beach" was adapted into Danny Boyle's 2000 film of the same name. “Alex Garland is already one of the most brilliant and distinctive writers working today,” said A24 in a statement. “'Ex Machina' marks the beginning of an exciting new step for Alex the director, and we are thrilled to help bring his provocative vision to Us audiences." Written by Garland and also starring Alicia Vikander ("Anna Karenina"), "Ex Machina »
- Chris Eggertsen
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