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August 25–31, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Marjorie Prime

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Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
Sundance Film Fest
"Marjorie Prime is refreshingly free of the rote doom and gloom that clings to many movies addressing the Great Tech Takeover"
  —Film Comment
"Veteran director Michael Almereyda (Nadja, Hamlet) has apparently found his niche as a storyteller of big philosophical ideas and complex inquiries into human nature"
  —Screen International
Critics' Pick "There’s more going on in this movie's 90-plus minutes than in many summer blockbusters nearly twice its length"
  —New York Times
"This is the rare recent stage-to-screen adaptation that actually improves on the source... Almereyda's smart script also has rendered the material more dramatically satisfying, locating a poignant emotional undercurrent that remained muted onstage"
  —Hollywood Reporter
3 stars½ "Gorgeously acted"
  —Chicago Tribune
"Graceful, enthralling... Marjorie Prime has a gentle, probing Chekhovian feel"
Recommended "Painful but acutely reflective"
  —Chicago Reader
3 stars½ "One of the strangest, most disturbing and most thought-provoking films of 2017"
  —Chicago Sun-Times

Michael Almereyda's complex and moving film introduces us to Walter Prime (Jon Hamm), a hologram meant to help the aged Marjorie (stage legend Lois Smith) recall treasured memories shared with her husband. With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie's "Prime" relies on the information from her and her kin to develop a more complex understanding of his history. While he is there to help her remember happier times, his immersive presence ignites feelings and memories both good and troubling for Marjorie, her daughter Tess (Geena Davis), and son-in-law Jon (Tim Robbins), who are unnerved by this potent technology. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop ever diverging recounts of their lives, as Marjorie's Prime seems to deny or erase traumatic experience, and even the value of family.

Marjorie Prime is a provocative reworking of Jordan Harrison's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, and a heartbreaking Lois Smith, who reprises her stage role as Marjorie (that she originated onstage in 2014), delivers a tour-de-force performance, bringing real heart to this virtual-reality story.

Directed by Michael Almereyda, U.S.A., 2016, 99 mins.


  • Fri., Aug. 25 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Aug. 26 at 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Aug. 27 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Aug. 28–31 at 7 & 9 pm
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