EX MACHINA ★★★★
What does it mean to be human? That’s the question asked by writer/director Alex Garland in this superlative sci-fi tale, as computer programmer Domhnall Gleeson and tech genius Oscar Isaac clash over a beautiful – and possibly dangerous – Artificial Intelligence played by Alicia Vikander.
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR ★★★★
The second film this week for Oscar Isaac sees him play an Al Pacino-esque immigrant businessman in early 80s New York. He tries to live the American Dream but it’s not always that easy, in this moody and intense thriller.
THE GAMBLER ★★★
Mark Wahlberg attempts to prove he’s got brains as well as brawn, starring as a literature professor with self-destructive tendencies. But although his performance is pretty impressive, the film can’t compete with the gritty 1974 original.
Johnny Depp gets upstaged by his own facial hair in this limp farce about a roguish art dealer on the hunt for a missing painting.
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