I wouldn’t mind living in Spike Jonez’s version of the future, but for now I’m happy to just keep watching “Her” over and over again.
“Her” takes place in a future version of Los Angeles and hones in on Joaquin Phoenix’s Theodore Twombly, a soon-to-be divorced man who writes other peoples’ love letters for a living. One day, Theodore opts to purchase the hottest new piece of technology on the market, OS 1, the first artificially intelligent operating system. Soon thereafter, he creates Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), a digital secretary of sorts who’ll clean out his inbox, organize his writing and also be his friend.
If we’re heading towards Jonze’s version of the future, we might be better off. There are no hulking robots, deep space transports or overabundance of ultramodern technology, but rather mildly modified elements of the present that have clearly been changed to facilitate a more serene lifestyle. Computers are voice activated, clothing trends are practical, the streets are clean and not a single person raises his or her voice. “Her” features some heated discussions, but they’re genuine discussions, not thoughtless outbursts.
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When you make a movie with David O. Russell, you’re going to dig deep, get collaborative, change things on the spot and possibly come out with an acting Academy Award nomination. Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams were all honored for their work in The Fighter followed by Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook, and now Adams, Cooper and Jeremy Renner are about to give awards season a go with their performances in Russell’s latest, American Hustle.
Adams steps in as Sydney Prosser, one half of Irving Rosenfeld’s (Christian Bale) brilliant con operation. When Cooper’s FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, catches the two in the act, rather than lock them away, Richie puts the duo to work, using their knowhow to create a con of his own. Richie is determined to entrap the mayor of Camden, Renner’s Carmine Polito, by tempting him with a foreign investment that he could use to rebuild Atlantic City.
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“Man of Steel” is like Superman taking a punch from a human; you feel nothing.
The film kicks off just as Krypton’s unstable core is about to decimate the planet. In an effort to ensure his race carries on, Jor-El (Russell Crowe) pops his newborn baby boy into a pod and ships him off to Earth. The pod lands in Kansas, right in the Kent’s backyard, and while Jonathan and Martha (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane) raise the boy as their own, they’ve also always known he’s not from here. In order to keep his origin a secret, Clark goes through school as an outcast, constantly getting picked on but unable to unleash his unearthly strength to fight back.
Now a 33-year-old man, Clark (Henry Cavill) moves from place to place, trying to keep a low profile. Trouble is, when he sees someone in trouble, he just can’t help himself. Finally Clark seizes an opportunity to learn about his real parents and home planet, but accessing that information also unleashes an unspeakable evil upon Earth, one that only he can stop.
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