Marjorie Prime

Adapted from a play by Jordan Harrison, this painful but acutely reflective chamber drama opens with a prolonged scene in which 86-year-old Marjorie (veteran actress Lois Smith, reprising her stage role) tries to develop a relationship with Walter Prime (Jon Hamm), a hologram of her late husband in his 40s that responds to her through advanced artificial intelligence. Enter Marjorie’s tense daughter (Geena Davis), who is scarred by their past relationship, and the daughter’s loving husband (Tim Robbins), who lives patiently with that trauma. Artificial intelligence is hardly a new topic in movies, yet this one bypasses the hackneyed debate over what it means to be human, focusing instead on the people alone and whether their need for an image of a dead loved one can spring from anger as much as grief. Michael Almereyda (Experimenter) directed, honoring the play’s quiet solemnity and carefully crafted dialogue.