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‘Ex Machina': Put to the test, humans, A.I. fall for each other and think about escape

‘Ex Machina': Put to the test, humans, A.I. fall for each other and think about escape

In this equation of four parties isolated in the gorgeous mountain retreat of an eccentric billionaire, it turns out to be a man who’s the most dangerous – not his mechanical creation.

‘White God': Dogs are fighting for justice on streets (and in the subtext) of Hungary

‘White God': Dogs are fighting for justice on streets (and in the subtext) of Hungary

The Hungarian-Swedish co-production “White God” begins with an absurdist slo-mo sequence of a young girl on a bike pedaling away from a sea of pursuing dogs. It’s no dream.

‘Magician’: Welles’ astonishing life, work get doc worthy of auteur’s own struggles

‘Magician’:  Welles’ astonishing life, work get doc worthy of auteur’s own struggles

Chuck Workman’s elegiac ode to Orson Welles may be leaden with fondness and nostalgia, but it’s no hagiographic air kiss.

Boston Cinema Census reveals its 11-film program for Thursday event in Somerville

Boston Cinema Census reveals its 11-film program for Thursday event in Somerville

The 13th annual Boston Cinema Census, an annual screening of works by local emerging filmmakers, has announced its lineup for Thursday at The Somerville Theatre.

17th Boston Underground Film Festival delights with a schedule full of horrors

17th Boston Underground Film Festival delights with a schedule full of horrors

Late nights and absurdist films await at the Brattle Theatre for the 17th annual Boston Underground Film Festival, which began Wednesday and runs through Sunday.

Chlotrudis Society directs its film awards in a uniquely different direction Sunday

Chlotrudis Society directs its film awards in a uniquely different direction Sunday

Awards season is not over, and the local answer to the Oscars arrives Sunday with another chance for America to redeem itself when it comes to honoring film.

‘The Gunman': Penn is almost mightier than weaknesses of misfiring action film

‘The Gunman': Penn is almost mightier than weaknesses of misfiring action film

In concept this is a thinking person’s espionage thriller with a serious thespian at the fore and an international slant, but it suffers uneven pacing and seemingly smart twists that suddenly nosedive into cliché and silliness.

‘An Honest Liar’: Exposer of magical lies arrives at 80 with some secrets of his own

‘An Honest Liar’: Exposer of magical lies arrives at 80 with some secrets of his own

A sweet rambling appreciation of the once-renowned magician known as “The Amazing Randi” gets dressed up in the robes of a “serious” documentary with revelations of a long-running, very personal cover-up.

‘The Hunting Ground': Quest to defeat sex assault becomes more of an odyssey

‘The Hunting Ground': Quest to defeat sex assault becomes more of an odyssey

Documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick again navigates the grim, dark terrain of sex offense, this time delving into the pervasive culture of rape on college campuses.

‘Chappie': This RoboCop is street smart, and South Africa’s better than ‘Elysium’

‘Chappie': This RoboCop is street smart, and South Africa’s better than ‘Elysium’

The good news is that Blomkamp’s third feature is a step up from the pedantically plotted “Elysium” – but it’s nowhere near his cutting-edge debut, “District 9.”

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