It's a fascinating choice at the movie theaters this weekend: The frontiers of love, the battle lines of a fractured family, or the confusion of combat.
Spike Jonze's romance "Her" is nearly a perfect movie, a beautifully rendered and heartfelt near-future story of a lonely writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who develops a relationship with his computer operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). The movie is more than just a romance, but an examination of what it means to fall in love and to grow in a relationship.
The weekend's potential awards magnet is "August: Osage County," a star-filled adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The story tells of three daughters (Julia Roberts, Julianna Nicholson, Juliette Lewis) called home to deal with their pill-popping and tart-tongued mother (Meryl Streep). The performances vary from the understated to the over-the-top, with Streep chewing the most scenery.