Just finished watching this wonderful, if a bit bewildering, movie about 4th century Alexandria, a woman mathematician/philosopher, and the frictions among Christians, Pagans and Jews. Luckily the movie was made abroad -- in Spain -- so there was a willingness to concede that intellect is a part of man's capacity ... just like stupidity. Few of the actors were recognizable, which gave the movie a greater seriousness and less diversion in my mind.
I am a sucker for movies from another time -- the clothes, the tools, the statuary, the music. But I did have a hard time getting the factions sorted out. But that was over-ridden by the fact that there are actual characters with character in the movie.
I am not describing this as well as I might, but, for movie mavens, I imagine you can look it up on Wikipedia and consider whether it would be worth a $3-rental risk. I would say a definite "yes." When was the last time you saw something intelligent?