Here are 10 lesser- known ex­am­ples to ex­plore:

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Agora:

Rachel Weisz stars as Hy­pa­tia, fourth- cen­tury math­e­ma­ti­cian, astronomer, philoso­pher and proto- fem­i­nist, in this thougt­ful biopic.

Al­pha:

Set in south­ern Europe 20,000 years ago, this fan­ci­ful but sci­en­tif­i­cally solid tale imag­ines how early hu­mans turned wolves into dogs.

Ar­rival:

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.

Co­her­ence:

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).

Ex Machina:

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.

Ice­man:

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.

Moon:

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.

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