Stanley Kubrick's 1968 ultimate vision of the now not-so-distant future became a landmark allegory, famed for its stupendous visuals and challenge to the intellect, despite becoming abstract to the point of evasiveness at the finish. Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood play astronauts bound for Jupiter in search of human intelligence when they become locked in mortal combat with Hal, their rebellious computer. Kubrick, who wrote the film with Arthur C. Clarke, has helpfully explained that upon entering Jupiter's orbit, Dullea enters another dimension, dies and is reborn, tracing man's "ascent from ape to angel." (Cinemax Monday at 2 p.m.)
Other four-star films this week: High Noon TNT, Monday, 10:15 p.m.