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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #25. Spike Jonze’s Her


Director/Writer: Spike Jonze
Producer(s): Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison, Vincent Landay
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Samantha Morton, Sam Jaeger, Portia Doubleday

Far from inactive, Spike Jonze has done tons of work since Where the Wild Things Are. Curiously, it won’t be the first time Jonze experiments with love and bots – his brilliant short, I’m Here had bot romance in a very human world. Hoyte Van Hoytema (most recently Mikael Marcimain’s Call Girl) is the dp and the pairing he nabbed from The Master along with Olivia Wilde and Rooney Mara adds layers to this year’s Lars and the Real Girl type comedy.

Gist: In the not so distant future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user’s every needs. To Theodore’s surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love story blends science fiction and romance in a sweet tale that explores the nature of love and the ways that technology isolates and connects us all.

Release Date: This will attract the big hitters: Fox, Weinsteins, Focus and perhaps they’ll square off at the Cannes Film Festival – Main Competition.












Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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