Movie review: Sleek 'Ex Machina' covers familiar ground, but does it well

April 16, 2015 3:52 PM

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A grandly ridiculous theatrical tradition born in ancient Greece, "deus ex machine" meant, literally, a god borne by a machine descending from the sky to determine a story's outcome.

The hardware in writer-director Alex Garland's crafty new thriller "Ex Machina" signifies something a little less clunky and considerably more ambiguous. In this case the object of adoration is a superadvanced example of artificial intelligence. The hook, hardly new, is this: Can A.I. be made not si...

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