Set in Los Angeles, in the near future, Her follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. From the singular perspective of filmmaker Spike Jonze, Her is an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world. Rated R. Director Spike Jonze (US 2013) 126 min
SCREENING FOLLOWED BY PANEL DISCUSSION: THE FUTURE OF SEX: LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS IN THE AGE OF AI featuring Alexa Chipman, Amber-Rose Reed and Katie Wigglesworth, contributors to the weekly newspaper/web movie review column “Millennials Talk Cinema,” appearing in the Petaluma Argus-Courier and on Petaluma360.com. The film will be introduced by journalist/playwright David Templeton, who will also moderate the post-film conversation.
AMBER-ROSE REED is a bookseller, writer and film critic native to the Bay Area. She has a degree in History and Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University, and her particular interest is the intersection of Classics and Popular Culture. She tweets at @cheerful_earl, though mostly about soccer.
ALEXA CHIPMAN is an eCommerce marketing specialist, theatre and cinema critic, young adult fiction author and blogger. She has a passion for cosplay and the movies that inspire it. Her writings can be found at IMaginationLane.net.
KATIE WIGGLESWORTH is an actor, writer and film critic based in the Bay Area. She is sustained on a steady diet of video games, horror movies, puns and tea.
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