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Ex Machina | 2015 | R | - 6.5.6

A programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) wins a prize that grants him a week-long visit with a reclusive (Oscar Isaac) genius, who has developed artificial intelligence. During his stay in the compound the man must determine if the A.I. apparatus could pass for human. Also with Alicia Vikander and Sonoya Mizuno. Directed by Alex Garland. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - We see a video of a fully nude A.I. in female form and her bare breasts, pubic region and abdomen are visible (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details. We see several A.I.s with human female forms and their bare breasts, abdomens, genitals and buttocks are seen (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A fully nude A.I. in female form lies on a bed in a man's room. We see a fully nude A.I. in a closet and we see a close up of one of her bare breasts with nipples as another A.I. works on her arm.
 A man and a woman kiss, he lifts her skirt and we see her bare thighs to the hip and a sting bikini, as well as her bare abdomen as she wraps her leg around his waist; he presses her against a wall and sex is implied. An A.I. in female form tries to kiss a man and he pushes her away several times.
 A woman wears an extremely short skirt that reveals her bare legs the hip and she bends over to serve two men. We see a robot with a female form (it has covered breasts, crotch and buttocks and in a couple of shots we see what looks like the outline of labia). A man is shown shirtless and we see his bare chest and abdomen. A man is shown shirtless and we see his bare chest, back and shoulders. A man is shown wearing a tank top that reveals his bare shoulders and upper chest in several scenes. A woman wears a top made of a sheer fabric that clings to her breasts and we see the outline of nipples. A woman dances suggestively and we see part of her bare breast (no nipple) and her legs to the hip (we see a part of her panties) and a man dances with her.
 A man tells another man that A.I.s are fully functional (sexually). A man asks another man if he is attracted to an A.I. A man talks about the movie "Ghost Busters" and refers to a ghost giving Dan Aykroyd oral sex.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man is stabbed in the back and he strikes his attacker hard in the face with a metal bar and as he stumbles he is stabbed in the chest (we see blood pooling on his shirt as he slumps to the floor and dies).
 An A.I. tackles a man and holds his throat until he flips her over and strikes her hard in the arm with a metal bar (part of her arm breaks off and she lies on the floor motionless). A man punches another man in the face and he falls to the floor. A man watches a video of a female A.I. (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) locked in a glass room and being questioned by a man; the A.I. becomes agitated and pounds a wall repeatedly until her lower arm breaks off (we see the arm separate and wires are exposed).
 A small helicopter flies low to the ground through a mountain range and lands in a clearing where a man disembarks and is left alone to find his way through woods to a compound.
 A man pokes himself repeatedly and then cuts his arm using a knife (we see a lot of blood as he sticks his fingers into the open wound). An A.I. peels back the skin from her face to reveal electronics and wiring beneath. Several A.I.s with human female forms (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) are seen in cabinets and one appears to be missing a portion of the arm, with wires exposed. An A.I. peels the "skin" off another A.I. and covers herself, and removes an arm from the elbow from another A.I. to replace her own missing part.
 A building goes into lock-down several times as the power dims and red lights flash while a voice indicates that all the doors are locked until power is regained. A man is instructed by a computerized voice to stand in front of a device next to a door and we hear a loud sound that is apparently he device taking a picture of the man (he is startled but unharmed). A man is told that he must read and sign a non-disclosure agreement before he can see any of the work another man is doing. An A.I. asks, "Will I be switched off if I don't pass?" A man becomes annoyed with another man. An A.I. warns a man not to trust another man.
 A woman spills wine on a table and a man becomes angry and insults her. A man snorts and spits on the floor. A man is shown punching a punching bag as exercise. A man appears to be drunk and he stumbles along a hallway, then flops into his bed. A man appears to have an abrasion of some kind on his back (like a square incision scar).
 A man talks about his parents having been killed in a car crash and that he spent a year in the hospital after the accident. A man talks about having an extreme hangover. A man talks about downloading the mind and unpacking the data of an A.I.


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LANGUAGE 6 - About 20 F-words and its derivatives (2 spelled out in text messages), 6 scatological terms, 3 mild obscenities, 5 religious exclamations (OMFG, holy [scatological term deleted], Oh My God, Jesus Christ).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Two men drink beers in several scenes, a man drinks from a beer bottle and we see several presumably empty bottles on a table near him (he appears a bit inebriated), two men drink liquor, a man drinks liquor form the bottle and becomes very drunk, two men drink wine with dinner, a man tells another man that he is drunk, a man talks about having a severe hangover, a man talks about getting drunk with another man, and a man appears to be drunk and he stumbles along a hallway and then flops into his bed.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Artificial intelligence, regret, life choices, history of gods, social awkwardness, language, human vs. computer, the Turing test, search engines, hate, cruelty, morality, falling in love, thought experiments, consciousness, talent, deception, good deeds.

MESSAGE - The ethics surrounding artificial intelligence should be weighed very carefully.

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