Daniel Barnes @ the SN&R (4/23 issue)

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*Alex Garland’s sleek sci-fi chamber play Ex Machina works best as a showcase for Oscar Isaac, who reimagines the evil scientist as a socially isolated scumbag jock, equal parts Victor Frankenstein and Frank T.J. Mackie.

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*The Oscar-nominated documentary The Salt of the Earth charts the 40-year career of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. The venerable German filmmaker and documentarian Wim Wenders co-directs, but you get the impression he only came aboard to shape decades of disparate material into this coffee table book of a movie.

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*James Franco and Jonah Hill trade concepts of moral culpability and media ethics instead of bong rips and masturbation jokes in Rupert Goold’s bland true-life drama True Story.