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In Spike Jonze's new sci-fi romance, Her, Joaquin Phoenix plays a divorcé who rebounds by falling in love with his smartphone. On a recent Wednesday, however, he's a delinquent boyfriend, leaving his iPad abandoned on a chair in a Lebanese restaurant as he bounces off to the parking lot for a smoke. After a few puffs, he reconsiders and darts back inside, lest the well-dressed ladies at the next table snatch it to pay for a month of hummus.
"They said they were going to steal it!" Phoenix yelps. "I thought they looked nice!"
Back in his seat, he spins around and points, "What is that, by the way?" When the two women duly pivot, he steals the blonde's purse. "Classic move »
Leonardo DiCaprio was joined by his Wolf of Wall Street costars Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, and Matthew McConaughey at the film's premiere in NYC on Tuesday night. Matthew had the support of his wife, Camila, who looked gorgeous in a fitted red dress after spending time out and about in the city with the couple's three kids earlier in the day. Margot, who stars in the comedy as Leo's wife, looked equally stunning in a white Armani Privé gown. The movie is a far cry from Matthew's last; he most recently portrayed AIDS patient Ron Woodroof in the emotional Dallas Buyers Club, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. We talked to Matthew on the red carpet about making the switch from his previous dramatic role - stay tuned for our interview! Leo's Wolf of Wall Street press tour comes on the heels of a fun-filled year for the actor, »
- Brittney Stephens
To clarify, this is my top ten today at this very moment. It's going to change. Even as I wrote out the below list, I was dramatically shifting these worthy films up and down. For one thing I want — no, need — to see all of these again and again. Because the consensus this time is right on. 2013 was a fantastic year at the movies. Dozens delighted me (and I'll shine a light on some of those at a later date) but these ten are the ones that I feel most confident will stand the test of time.
10. Captain Phillips
Sure, the last sequence is a tour de force and leaves you a wreck, but that's only because the first 120 minutes are absorbing and tense almost beyond belief. There were a lot of riveting rides at the movies this year; Paul Greengrass' was something special.
9. Pain & Gain
So much sweat, »
- Josh Horowitz
"... restrained, thoughtful filmmaking that satisfies on nearly every level" is how we described James Gray's "The Immigrant" out of the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, but due to the whims and caprices of Harvey Weinstein, the film has been held until 2014. With the picture now playing internationally there is no shortage of promo material popping up, and today we round up the latest batch. A handful of new pictures and posters have arrived, providing another glimpse at Gray's carefully realized, turn-of-the-century New York City. Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner are the trio that lead the movie, telling the tale of Polish immigrant who comes to America, falls into the clutches of a pimp and eyes salvation in a magician. Sounds like the kind of meaty drama perfect for this time of year, but alas, it's not to be. While no official date has been set, keep »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It's hard to believe that Her is only Spike Jonze's fourth feature film, since he has been in our pop-culture consciousness for a long time. With his innovative music videos and films, he's always been creating worlds that are both familiar yet just ahead of the curve. Directing a feature written solely by himself for the first time, Jonze creates a surprisingly thoughtful and tender film here. In a mere two-hour running time, Her raises a lot of important issues about our society, which is heavily dependent on technology. And it's bound to be a cult classic. Her refers to the new computer operating system that our sad sack protagonist Theodore Twombly (played beautifully by Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with. She is a cross...
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In this week's "Her," Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his computer's new operating system, which calls itself Samantha and has the breathy voice of Scarlett Johansson. (If Siri sounded like Scar-Jo, maybe I would use it...) They go on dates together, have sex, and occasionally bicker, all of which are supposedly facets of real human love.
And it's true -- the movie casts its singularly powerful spell not only because their relationship feels so real in human terms, but because it's not all that hard to imagine one slipping into a relationship with an artificial life form. How many relationships in your life are facilitated primarily due to a complex network of technological crutches -- a Facebook message here, a few text messages, maybe Skype?
So, it's with that in mind (and Royksopp and Robyn's "The Girl and the Robot" on repeat), we decided to run down the most »
- Drew Taylor
The terrible reality of modern life is that even beautiful young people on a first date can't go a whole evening without checking their phones. We need to be potentially connected to every possibility at all times; just allowing the present to happen is becoming increasingly foreign. That's the idea Spike Jonze is scratching at in his futuristic romance Her, in which Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore, an about-to-be-divorced Los Angeles writer who falls in love with an operating system, one designed not only to run his laptop and devices but to help him get through life; it intuits and meets his every need. That setup might sound weirder than it is: The voice of this Os — she calls herself Samantha — is Scarlett Johansson's, and if you heard it, shimmering into y »
The Online Film Critics Society has announced the winners of their 17th annual awards, and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" led the pack with wins for Best Picture, actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, supporting actor for Michael Fassbender, and supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o.
Here's the complete list of winners (bolded) and nominations of the 17th Online Film Critics Society awards:
12 Years a Slave
The Wind Rises
Best Animated Feature
The Wind Rises
Best Film Not in the English Language
The Wind Rises
It was too good a year for ten. The best year in cinema since 2007 saw such a diverse, fascinating array of art that included amazing works from some of our most well-known directors (Joel & Ethan Coen, Martin Scorsese, Alexander Payne, Hayao Miyazaki) alongside its newer voices (Shane Carruth, Destin Cretton, Joshua Oppenheimer, James Ponsoldt).
And the variety of cinema at the top is overwhelming. Foreign films, animation, documentaries, comedies, dramas, epic storytelling, and intimate visions. Personal dramas of relationships like “Short Term 12” and “Nebraska” hold place near the top with technical exercises like “Gravity” and “Upstream Color.” It has been a truly inspirational year, the kind that reminds one why they love cinema in the first place.
And so I couldn’t hold myself to ten. I have filled my standard list out to thirteen. Go ahead. Call me a cheater. Since I’m sure some will ask, I »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The only truly predictable aspect of Spike Jonze's "Her" is that it features a bizarre premise: In a very near future, recently divorced L.A. writer Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) downloads a new operating system for his computer with the ability to think (delicately voiced by Scarlett Johansson) and quickly falls in love with her. In a time of talking smartphones and rampant interconnectivity, the idea certainly has an inquisitive edge, but it's not just a cheeky provocation; Jonze infuses it with genuine passion. As the peculiar romance plays out in surprisingly believable terms, the writer-director depicts a world that blatantly echoes our own, where sleek, all-encompassing technological immersion dominates every crevice of daily life. Even so, it's never the dour, epistemological investigation one might expect from the auteur behind creepy and surreal headtrips of "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation." If less adventurous than Jonze's earlier narratives, "Her" contains a. »
- Eric Kohn
It’s one thing to see Joaquin Phoenix’s new movie, Her, being shown in media on the internet. It’s another thing to see it showcased on the television where many non-nerds will see for the first time. And this TV spot displays all of the cyber love awkwardness front and center. Such a sweet, sad and thoughtful movie. Here’s the TV spot.
TV Spot: Her
- Jess Orso
December is traditionally viewed as the time for studios’ most fitting awards season offerings, but this year the hopefuls also happen to be some top filmmakers’ most singular and personal films yet, including work from the Coen Brothers, David O. Russell, and Martin Scorsese. One of the most narratively and visually daring of these though is Spike Jonze’s “Her,” which depicts a futuristic romance between Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson’s disembodied voice. In the lead up to its release this week, we’ve got a slew of clips to show exactly what we mean. Dense with a number of ideas on relationships in a social media age and surprisingly deft in exploring them, “Her” has captured our imagination ever since we first saw it at Nyff and called it “disarmingly funny, insightful and empathetic”. And you can catch a glimpse of all those aspects in four new clips from the film, »
- Charlie Schmidlin
If there’s one film I cannot wait to see in 2014 it’s Spike Jonze’s Her. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore, the film explores what happens when a man falls in love with a personalized operating system (Os). Although lacking a physical presence, Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) manages to bring Theodore to life after he struggles to come to terms with his divorce.
I’m a sucker for anything romantic, especially when there’s a twist to the story. Co-starring Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Chris Pratt, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, Her may well be my film of 2014 (and we’ve not even finished 2013 yet!).
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the nominees for the 2013 Eda (Excellent Dynamic Activism) Awards! The nominees are in line with the current favorites but I love their Special Mention section with categories like Actress Most In Need Of A New Agent -- we're looking at you Cameron Diaz!
Winners will be announced next week, but for now, here's the full list of nominees of the 2013 Eda Awards from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists:
Awfj Best Of Awards
12 Years a Slave
Best Director (Female or Male)
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Best Screenplay, Original
Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" was the big winner at this year's Washington DC Critics Awards taking home the best film, actor, supporting actress, adapated screenplay, acting ensemble, and music score. But McQueen failed to beat "Gravity's" Alfonso Cuaron for the best director trophy.
Here's the full list of nominees and winners (highlighted) of the 2013 Washington DC Area Film Critics awards:
"12 Years a Slave"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Best Supporting Actor
Daniel Brühl, »
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- Justin Vactor
Spike Jonze’s new movie, Her, is a high-concept science fiction romance set against a gleaming cityscape (Shanghai, standing in for Los Angeles) and crammed with ideas about the future of artificial intelligence, social media, and gaming. Its mid-to-late-21st century is credible, designed and decorated with the understanding that every generation comes to value those parts of the past that they feel their culture has denied them. It's a world of beige streets, simulated experiences, and intangible media where the scratchy and handmade are in fashion. Men wear lip-tickling mustaches and wool pants, computers come in wooden cases, and books are regarded as neat cultural objects, just like vinyl records and cassettes in the present.
And yet, despite all of its retro-futuristic bric-a-brac and next-phase-of-Western-culture guesswork, the impressive thing about Her is its simplicity and sensitivity. Composed in large part of long, locked-in close-ups, the movie is as much »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’: 2013 San Francisco Film Critics Awards nominations (photo: Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’) There were few surprises among the nominations for the 2013 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards. First of all, the somewhat surprising absentees: Amy Adams and Christian Bale for American Hustle; Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks; Julia Roberts for August: Osage County; Forest Whitaker for The Butler; Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips; Joaquin Phoenix for Her; Oscar Isaac for Inside Llewyn Davis. Additionally, Spike Jonze’s Her is missing from the Best Picture roster, even though Jonze was nominated in both the Best Director and Best Original Screenplay categories. (See San Francisco Film Critics Awards 2013 Winners.) Now, among the surprising inclusions are Best Actress nominee Brie Larson for Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12 (Larson is turning out to be 2013′s Elizabeth Olsen — think Martha Marcy May Marlene »
- Steve Montgomery
Get your wallets out people, or just your best prediction game, it’s time to catch-up on the latest odds for those winners in one of the biggest awards, The Golden Globes, from the nominations for the 2014 awards.
Twelve Years A Slave is the 4/11 odds-on favourite for the title of ‘Best Drama’for portraying the story of Solomon Northup as played by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Gravity is second in line for this award at 3/1 with Phiilomena and Captain Phillips both priced at 8/1.
American Hustle is the strong favourite for ‘Best Comedy or Musical’ priced at 5/6 and is set to be released on New Year’s Day. Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska are co-second favourites for this award – both priced at 10/3.
- Dan Bullock
‘Her’ movie tops 2013 San Diego Film Critics Awards (Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Her’) The San Diego Film Critics Society has released its list of 2013 nominees and winners. The nominations themselves were quite eclectic, ranging from Best Actress nominee Brie Larson for Short Term 12 to Best Film nominee Gravity. The list of winners, however, tended to be more mainstream. For instance, Warner Bros.’ Spike Jonze-directed Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix as a man who falls in love with a Scarlett Johansson-voiced computer, was chosen as the Best Film of 2013, in addition to receiving honors for Best Original Screenplay (also Spike Jonze) and Best Score (Arcade Fire). Alfonso Cuarón was the Best Director for another Warner Bros. release, Gravity, a 3D space action melodrama about an astronaut and bereaved Mom (Sandra Bullock) who learns that, no matter what, Life Is Worth Living. George Clooney co-stars. Among the other San Diego Film »
- Andre Soares
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