Thursday, January 2, 2014

At the Movies – January 2014 – Part 3: Most Anticipated Films

Must-See of the Month:

Her (Spike Jonze) – Romance Drama – Jan 10
Plot Summary: Writer Theodore is lonely following his divorce. However, he finds that he is drawn to his new computer operating system Samantha – maybe even to the point of wanting to be in a relationship. Filmmakers: Writer-director Spike Jonze makes interesting and unique films. Her is his fourth feature, following Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., and Where the Wild Things Are. His first two are fantastic, succeeding on his partnership with writer Charlie Kaufman. But Where the Wild Things Are, while visually very engaging, just did not work. Her looks like a return to form. Jonze is working with brilliant cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and frequent collaborator production designer K.K. Barrett (who has worked on all of Jonze’s films). Cast: The film stars Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson (in purely a voice-only role, as she voices Samantha). Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara, Chris Pratt, and Portia Doubleday feature in support. Expectations: Her looks very quirky, like all of Spike Jonze’s films do. And like Being John Malkovich and Adaptation., it seems to be performance/character driven, which is good. It has a great cast – it is likely that Joaquin Phoenix and especially Scarlett Johansson could get nominations come awards season. Overall, while on the festival circuit, the film has played to critical praise. Like Inside Llewyn Davis, this is probably not going to be for everyone, but fans of Jonze and more unique films should really enjoy it. Trailer: HereReview: Here.

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