In these centennial years of The Great War, it is wise to look again at Vera Brittain's astonishing, best-selling autobiography of her early adulthood. The paperback runs more than 650 pages, so this 129-minute film version is episodic at best, hitting high spots spot on.
As dazzling for the brain as for the eyes, the science fiction film "Ex Machina" challenges assumptions about human emotion and behavior. Wealthy entrepreneur Nathan (first names used only) has his firm's top programmer, Caleb, flown to his remote, ultramodern research facility. He's selected Caleb for a Turing test, that is, can Caleb differentiate between A.I. and human intelligence, responsiveness.
A famous chapter in late 18th century Danish history drives writer/director Nikolaj Arcel’s "A Royal Affair." Taking the throne in 1766 at 17, King Christian VII’s reign involved the usual power struggles and betrayals, but Christian’s mental instability made his court particularly volatile, permitting his physician, Johann Friedrich Struensee to gain ascendant influence.