Automata was our first choice. It's a 2014 movie with Antonio Banderas as an insurance claims adjuster who lives in a world that has had 99% of the population wiped out. They have robots that build the barriers to the few cities that are left. Robots are programmed to not harm any living being and the robots can't reprogram or repair themselves. Those two commands are built in and any attempt to change them causes the robots to become damaged. When a cop shoots a robot that he saw modifying itself it leads to an investigation that turns into a slaughterfest. I liked parts of the movie but it didn't make me crazy for it, good or bad. Another bunch of corporate creeps killing people to cover shit up and some poor sap caught up in the middle of it. He figures out what the robots are doing and in the end helps them over the humans. Mind you the people he blasts are pretty much shits compared to the robots. You might like it more than I did. I'll probably not bother picking up a copy but I might watch it down the road. You never know, though I'd rather watch Chappie again.
Our second movie was Them!, a 1954 giant ant movie. I'd seen it several times but not in the widescreen format that comes on the new Bluray. It's got a screenplay by Ted Sherdeman and Russell Hughes, with direction by Gordon Douglas. Gordon started working for Hal Roach as a teen and appeared in small parts in three Our Gang comedies. He started directing in 1935 and stopped in 1977. I've seen a lot of his films.
Them! is about giant mutated ants roaming the southwest looking for sweets and killing when they don't get them. They, like the robots in the first movie, could be our replacements if only they get a foothold. Luckily the giant ants catch fire and die from a hail of bullets quite readily. James Whitmore, James Arness, Edmund Gwenn and Joan Weldon star. Keep an eye out for Richard Deacon, Leonard Nimoy and William Schallert in small parts. It's a fairly decent production, good actors, script, locations and sets. The special effects got an Oscar nomination. It's worth seeing and belongs in one's SF film library.