Whether Pacific Rim and Almost Human are quality entertainment is certainly up for debate. But with the latter's strong ratings, and the former's galvanizing effect in online circles (fans are clamoring for a sequel, despite the disappointing box office returns), robots became part of the pop culture discussion, as machines that you can root for, instead of against. And though it was in limited release in 2013, Her deserves an honorable mention, for one of the freshest, most nuanced, and least cliched depictions of artificial intelligence since the rebooted Battlestar Galactica series (or, if you're so inclined, its short-lived spinoff, Caprica). Spike Jonze appears to be downplaying the sci-fi nature of Her, brushing aside questions of feasibility and futurism, and emphasizing the love story between a guy and a gal who just happens to be a disembodied AI. Is he afraid that the film will fall into the dreaded sci-fi ghetto, alienating audiences who instinctively avoid the entire genre? Whether he's right or wrong, Her is a brilliant fable of human-computer interaction, and a fitting end to 2013's interspecies love-in.