Movie review: 'Ex Machina' is a wonderful creation

April 15, 2015 1:02 PM

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Thoughtful science fiction is as rare in film these days as black-and-white or a double feature, something parents fascinate their children with as exotica from a different moviegoing time.

First-time director Alex Garland brilliantly brings the past into the present with the near-future tale "Ex Machina," a stark but dazzling meditation on intelligence, consciousness, and morality that discreetly uses special effects in service of story, dialogue, and character. What a concept.

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