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Ex Machina

Friday, 5/22 – Thursday, 5/28

Starring: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno

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 is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, seductive––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.

After Images: Andrea Danyluk, Williams College professor of Computer Science will lead a post-film discussion following the Wednesday, May 27, 7pm show.

After Images: Morgan McGuire, Williams College professor of Computer Science, and Shawn Rosenheim, Williams College professor of English, will lead a post-film discussion following the Thursday, May 28, 7pm show.

  • Director: Alex Garland
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

Showtimes

  • Fri, 5/22 — 4:30 & 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat, 5/23 — 4:30 & 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun, 5/24 — 3 & 5:30 pm
  • Mon, 5/25 — 3 & 7 & 9 pm
  • Tue, 5/26 — 7 & 9 pm
  • Wed, 5/27 — 4:30 & 7 & 9:15 pm
  • Thu, 5/28 — 7 & 9:15 pm

“It plays like Frankenstein meets Blade Runner via Hitchcock haunted by the ghosts of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, in a film that’s both highly literate and steeped in tense cat-and-mouse chills.”

– Total Film

Next Week

Clouds of Sils Maria

Friday, 5/29 – Thursday, 6/4

Starring: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz

Responding to a challenge from Juliette Binoche to write a deeply complex female role, renowned French auteur Olivier Assayas has crafted an emotionally rich and evocatively meta-textual rumination on art, acting and aging.

Binoche takes center stage as Maria, an actress at the peak of her international career, asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. Back then, however, she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart, who won a French Cesar for her performance—the first American actress to do so) to rehearse in Sils Maria; a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Chloë Grace Moretz) is to take on the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself.

  • Director: Olivier Assayas
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 2 hours 4 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

Showtimes

  • Fri, 5/29 — 4:30 & 7 & 9:15 pm
  • Sat, 5/30 — 4:30 & 7 & 9:15 pm
  • Sun, 5/31 — 3 & 5:30 pm
  • Mon, 6/1 — 3 & 7 & 9:15 pm
  • Tue, 6/2 — 7 & 9:15 pm
  • Wed, 6/3 — 4:30 & 7 & 9:15 pm
  • Thu, 6/4 — 7 & 9:15 pm

“Binoche leaves audiences with the same exhilarating feeling here — of having witnessed something precious and rare — answering the challenge of Assayas’ script by revealing a character incredibly closer to her soul.”

– Variety

Coming Soon

Far from the Madding Crowd

Friday, 6/5 – Thursday, 6/11

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Juno Temple, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge

Independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. Thomas Hardy's timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

  • Director: Thomas Vinterberg
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 59 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

Showtimes

  • Fri, 6/5 — 4:30 & 7 & 9:15 pm
  • Sat, 6/6 — 4:30 & 7 & 9:15 pm
  • Sun, 6/7 — 3 & 5:30 pm
  • Mon, 6/8 — 3 & 7 & 9:15 pm
  • Tue, 6/9 — 7 & 9:15 pm
  • Wed, 6/10 — 4:30 & 7 & 9:15 pm
  • Thu, 6/11 — 7 & 9:15 pm

“Vinterberg's Far From the Madding Crowd is a wondrous feat: at turns tender, dramatic, fragile and bold, it's the definitive adaptation.”

– CineVue

Coming Soon

Iris

Starring: Iris Apfel

Iris pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life's sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression.

  • Director: Albert Maysles
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-sharp wit sustained into old age, as evinced by outspoken nonagenarian fashion icon Iris Apfel, Iris also offers proof of Albert Maysles’ continued vitality as a documentarian.”

– Variety

Coming Soon

Love & Mercy

Starring: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti

A chronicle of reclusive Beach Boys songwriter and musician Brian Wilson's life, from his successes with highly-influential orchestral pop albums to his nervous breakdown and subsequent encounter with controversial therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.

  • Director: Bill Pohlad and William Pohlad
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2 hours
  • Genre: Drama, Music, Biography

“A wonderfully innervating cure for the common musical biopic, Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy vibrantly illuminates two major breakthroughs — one artistic, one personal — in the life of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.”

– Variety

Coming Soon

I'll See You in my Dreams

Starring: Blythe Danner, Sam Elliott, Martin Starr, Mary Kay Place, Rhea Perlman, June Squibb, Malin Akerman

Carol, a widow in her 70's, is forced to confront her fears about love, family, and death. After her routine is rattled she decides to start dating again and falls into relationships with two very different men.

  • Director: Brett Haley
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes
  • Genre: Romance, Comedy

“A modest, quietly touching portrait of an older woman radiantly embodied by Blythe Danner.”

– New York Times