Scott Marks 9 a.m., Dec. 18
Humanistic sci-fi from director Mike Cahill (Another Earth), insofar as it sympathizes with the human longings for both understanding and transcendent mystery. Ian (Michael Pitt) is a scientist seeking an orderly, elegant proof of the random mutations that eventually produced the human eye. Sofi (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) is a manic pixie dream girl with a spiritual streak and a photograph of an angel statue with human peepers. Karen (Brit Marling) is the brainy beauty who seeks to bridge the gap. Everyone underplays just enough to keep things from going goopy, even as the necessary coincidences pile up. 2014.