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"Her" film poster

The New York Film Festival closed its 2013 fest at Lincoln Center with Spike Jonze’s film, “Her,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara, and Scarlett Johansson. Dubbed a “science fiction romance,” the film is largely about loneliness. Phoenix plays a man who falls in love with the voice of a computer operating system (Johansson).

It shows us a very different Joaquin Phoenix than we’re accustomed to seeing, and it’s likely to be an Oscar contender, along with several other of the Festival’s movies.

“Her” is one of three films spotlighted during the Festival, including the opening night offering, “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks, and the centerpiece movie, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” starring Ben Stiller. (Click on the film titles to see our coverage of their respective press conferences.)

Other potential Oscar contenders that were screened include Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive” with Tilda Swinton (trailer above), “All Is Lost” with Robert Redford, the Coen Brothers’ very musical “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “12 Years a Slave” with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender, “The Immigrant,” with Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard, “About Time” with Bill Nighy and Rachel McAdams, “The Invisible Woman” with Ralph Fiennes, and Alexander Payne’s black and white “Nebraska” with Bruce Dern (trailer below).

Of course, there were also stellar foreign films and documentaries, appearances by the stars at screenings and red carpets, and public talks by directors. Separate special tribute evenings were held in honor of Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes.

Watch for these films to come to your area. This festival has a reputation for choosing the very best. Check out the compilation trailer below of film clips from the Festival.

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