19 March 2014 8:05 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★Like the predatory alien siren of his latest offering, British director Jonathan Glazer is not one to be rushed. It was just short of a decade ago that his previous film, the category-defying Golden Lion nominee Birth (2004), split critical consensus at Venice so comprehensibly. He now returns with Under the Skin (2013), a calculated and concise adaptation of Michel Faber's science fiction novel of the same name. Peeling away the fat of Faber's source text to expose its obsidian heart, Glazer has not only single-handedly regalvanised the British sci-fi but has also earned the right to be uttered in the same breath as genre greats such as David Cronenberg and Nicolas Roeg.

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