Movies

“Ex Machina”

“Ex Machina”

Casually elegant in concept and spookily claustrophobic in execution, “Ex Machina” plops us into the near future, when a hermit genius has devised a foxy android capable of convincing even the audience that she’s got a thing for nerds. A coder named Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) finds that he’s won some kind of company lottery at […]

“Unfriended”

“Unfriended”

The central conceit of “Unfriended,” the latest cheapo horror flick to sate you till summer blockbusters arrive, is also its motivating gimmick. Six teenagers gather online (mostly via Skype, iMessage and Facebook) and notice a strange anonymous character in the video chat room with them. Coincidentally, they’re all making plans together on the anniversary of […]

“Woman in Gold”

“Woman in Gold”

“Woman in Gold,” a cinematic glass of Chardonnay, pairs Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds as an odd-couple team out to right an old Nazi wrong. She’s Maria Altmann, 80-something and living quietly in Los Angeles, an immigrant since escaping Vienna at the brink of the second world war. Her wealthy family was dismantled, robbed and […]