Rated 5.0

Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is a techie whose literary skills are highly prized at the computerized letter-writing service where he works. He’s also a rather lonely romantic who can’t quite bring himself to sign the final papers on his divorce from Catherine (Rooney Mara). Theodore lives in a world of gesture- and voice-activated digital technology, and special things begin to happen when he gets connected to an operating system that provides him with a virtual companion/assistant/confidante who can think and talk and, up to a point, share emotions. This virtual aide has a female voice (provided, with much sly skill, by Scarlett Johansson) and Theodore names her Samantha. A unique and surprisingly complex set of reflections on romantic relationships arise from director/screenwriter Spike Jonze’s blatantly peculiar premise, and the offbeat dramas that ensue from it are far richer than one might expect. Cinemark 14. Rated R