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Marjorie Prime

At the beginning of the film, we see Marjorie (Lois Smith) interacting with a computerized version of her late husband Walter (Jon Hamm). Her daughter Tess (Geena Davis) and son-in-law Jon (Tim Robbins) help provide artificial intelligence “Walter” with background information that allows him to learn more about his history with Marjorie. This is a really intriguing and thought-provoking film. It explores the theme of AI and what some of the possibilities might be – what would it be like to have a “prime” with whom you could interact to work out personal psychological issues, or how could something like this help with someone who is losing her memory? The film provides an emotional exploration of the impact of memories, love, and loss. The acting by all is wonderful, especially by Smith, whose character suffers deeper memory loss and confusion. The film tries to take this AI concept to its logical conclusion, making for a fascinating ending to the film. Big thumbs up from me for a film that has many similarities to “Her” and “Ex Machina” in their topics involving the intersections of technology and humanity.

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