Here are 10 lesser- known examples to explore:
Rachel Weisz stars as Hypatia, fourth- century mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and proto- feminist, in this thougtful biopic.
Set in southern Europe 20,000 years ago, this fanciful but scientifically solid tale imagines how early humans turned wolves into dogs.
One of the best science- fiction films of the past decade, Denis Villeneuve’s heady story of first contact stars Amy Adams as a linguist trying to understand an alien mind.
A dinner party gets quantum- entangled by a passing comet, mixing concepts both high- brow ( Schrödinger’s cat) and low ( Gwyneth Paltrow in Sliding Doors).
Alicia Vikander made a splash in this 2015 movie in which a programmer tries to determine if a robot is self- aware. It puts the intelligence in artificial intelligence.
In 1991, the well- preserved body of a man dead 5,300 years was discovered in the Alps. The imagined story of his last days hasn’t yet screened in North America but may get an on- demand release in the spring.
The Man from Earth:
This low- budget cult favourite asks: “What if a man from the Upper Paleolithic had survived to the present day?” David Lee Smith stars as John Oldman. Get it? Melancholia: Lars von Trier’s end- of- the- world story takes a narrow focus, as a weekend wedding at a country estate is interrupted by Earth’s collision with a rogue planet.
Sam Rockwell stars as a lonely astronaut nearing the end of a three- year stint running a lunar mining operation. But he senses he hasn’t been told everything about his mission.
The Quiet Earth:
This New Zealand last- manon- Earth drama from 1985 stars Bruno Lawrence as
Zac Hobson, a scientist who might have some knowledge about just what happened.