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Under The Skin – The Review

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So this weekend we’ve seen Jude Law take a walk on the wild side in the title role of Dom Hemingway. Now, we also get a new film starring a stateside screen beauty, Scarlett Johansson as she takes a walk on the weird side. Very weird. She stars in almost every minute of  Under The Skin from director Jonathon Glazer who gave us the enormously entertaining Sexy Beast (Ben Kingley’s character might have been “mates” with Dom!). But Skin is no look at the cockney criminal class. This film is based on a 2000 science fiction novel from Michel Faber. Now we’re used to seeing Ms. J dashing about in CG backdrops in big budget blockbusters like Michael Bay’s The Island  and over at Marvel Studios as the sublime Shield agent the Black Widow in, so far, three epics. But this film’s not in the same »

- Jim Batts

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‘Under the Skin’ a terrifying, beautiful, and utterly disturbing return from Jonathan Glazer

17 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Under the Skin

Written by Walter Campbell and Jonathan Glazer

Directed by Jonathan Glazer

UK and USA, 2013

A profound sense of unease permeates and accompanies Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer’s first film in nearly 10 years. Glazer’s debut feature, the excellent British gangster picture Sexy Beast, married vicious and profane dialogue with a penchant for nightmarish imagery; his follow-up, the austere and stately Birth, was a quieter piece that relied heavily on the porcelain-doll qualities of his leading lady, Nicole Kidman. Each of his three films, Under the Skin included, have a knack for presenting the ostensibly normal as something indescribably frightening, whether it’s the sunbaked backyard of an ex-thief or a middle-aged man’s daily jog through Central Prak or the simple act of driving a van through a rainy city. More than his previous features, though, Glazer leaves behind the vagaries of plot and exposition-as-dialogue in Under the Skin, »

- Josh Spiegel

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Win Under The Skin Run-Of-Engagement Passes in St. Louis – Stars Scarlett Johansson

16 April 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Wamg is giving away Run-Of-Engagement passes to see Under The Skin starring Scarlett Johansson.

From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial — or something in between.

The film opens Friday, April 18 at the Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis.

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The Passes are Admit Two (2). Good in the St. Louis Area.

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Jonathan Glazer talks getting 'Under the Skin' with Scarlett Johansson

15 April 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr)As the director of music videos for Radiohead, Jamiroquai and Massive Attack, Jonathan Glazer cultivated a reputation early in his career for creating distinctive and emotionally resonant imagery. As a feature director, he has expertly shaped those muscular visuals into powerful stories, in "Sexy Beast", "Birth" and now "Under the Skin". In his latest, he razes the machinery of science fiction by turning an invasion story – albeit by one alien – into a visceral journey through its main character’s discovery of humanity. Played by Scarlett Johansson, the character lays herself bare and sheds her preconceptions as she accomplishes her dubious tasks, seducing her victims even as their interactions awaken her consciousness, and her empathy. Glazer spoke with Spinoff Online about eschewing so many of the conventions of genre and even familiar storytelling structures and convincing Johansson to trust him on a journey that would require her to be naked, »

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‘Under the Skin’ Interview with Director Jonathan Glazer

12 April 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

After being away for ten years, director Jonathan Glazer returns with his first film since 2004′s Birth, his followup to debut Sexy Beast in 2000. The new project is Under the Skin, a sci-fi horror half-documentary that features Scarlett Johansson playing an alien, who drives around in a van picking up random Scottish men.

I sat down with Glazer in a roundtable interview to discuss his film, the importance of his star to the film’s meaning, his interest in the paradox of being human, and more. Some spoilers for the film do follow.

Under the Skin opens in Chicago on April 11.

Did the more overt plot details from the book disappear gradually over different drafts of the film? Or did you know to get rid of these components immediately?

It was over drafts. The first couple of iterations of the script were more illustrative and more faithful. It’s almost »

- Nick Allen

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"I Felt Like I Was On A Ride": Scarlett Johansson Talks 'Under The Skin' In Featurette Plus Jonathan Glazer Deconstructs Scene

11 April 2014 2:01 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“Jonathan and I have been talking about this project for three years… I love his work, that’s what initially drew me to this project,” Scarlett Johansson said about “Under The Skin” in a new featurette by A24. It’s easy to see why Johansson is so enamored with director Jonathan Glazer. He directed “Sexy Beast,” which made for one of Ben Kingsley’s best performances ever, he also helmed “Birth” which certainly ranks up there with some of Nicole Kidman’s best, plus it introduced most of us to the amazingness of composer Alexandre Desplat. And perhaps it was a leap of faith considering how much the picture is about the abstract, the unsaid and the mysteriousness of otherworldly beings, but Johansson’s instinct paid off: Glazer’s latest, “Under The Skin” is easily one of the best movies of the year. A haunting, unnerving piece of work about »

- Edward Davis

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A New Featurette to Get Under the Skin

11 April 2014 11:17 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Scarlett Johansson's extraterrestrial flick Under the Skin opens wider today theatrically, and to usher it in, we have yet another featurette to go along with the previous one. Dig it.


From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial — or something in between.

A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring this succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again.

Based on the novel by Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), Under The Skin examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results. »

- Steve Barton

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'Under the Skin' Scarlett Johansson Featurette

10 April 2014 9:04 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

At the same time as actress Scarlett Johansson's Captain America: The Winter Soldier hit theaters last weekend, her sci-fi indie thriller Under the Skin also debuted in limited release. The story centers on an alien (Scarlett Johansson) disguised as a seductive women who lures men to their death, roaming the countryside in search of new victims. Ahead of its nationwide expansion throughout the rest of this month, A24 Films has released a new featurette, where Scarlett Johansson reveals she has been discussing this project with director Jonathan Glazer for three years before it finally came together. Take a look at this featurette that includes new footage and interviews with both Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Glazer.

From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial - or something in between. »

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Scarlett Johansson Stars In New Under The Skin Featurette

10 April 2014 3:18 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Check out the new behind-the-scenes featurette for Under The Skin starring Scarlett Johansson. From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial — or something in between.

Johansson describes the experience as nothing less than intoxicating because it allowed the very visible actress to go undercover in real life, undetected and in an entirely unpredictable fashion. “You have to get all your ducks in a row so you don’t blow your own cover,” Johansson explains of her process. “You also want to make sure that each take includes something useful. There were moments — and these were truly terrifying — when you felt like you couldn’t do something, or you didn’t know if a scene was going to emerge out of nothing. You had no choice but to go with it, »

- Michelle McCue

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Entertainment Geekly: An attempt to understand Jonathan Glazer, the strangest brilliant director of his age

10 April 2014 1:05 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!

Should we start with the music videos? Does anyone in college or younger understand why music videos were important? There was a significant portion of the ’90s spent agonizing over how cinema would be forever altered by the onrushing influx of young-turk hotshot music-video auteurs, and the quick-cut glitter-grit really-just-too-much style they brought along.

Now it’s 2014 and music videos are dead, unless you’re a bygone spiffy-clean tween star nakedly straddling a spheroid metaphor. »

- Darren Franich

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Interview: Director Jonathan Glazer Gets ‘Under the Skin’

10 April 2014 10:48 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The buzz for the new film, “Under the Skin,” is tremendous, both for Scarlett Johansson’s performance and the amount of symbolic and real exposure for the actress. Director Jonathan Glazer (“Sexy Beast,” “Birth”) has fashioned a metaphoric gem based on a novel by Michel Faber, about an alien visitor.

The British-born Glazer is known for meaningful films, that work on multiple layers. He began his career fashioning stylish TV commercials and music videos. His directorial debut was the unforgettable “Sexy Beast,” starring Ben Kingsley in an otherworldly performance. In 2004, he directed Nicole Williams and Lauren Bacall in the strange but lovely “Birth.” His third effort is “Under the Skin,” and he composes a symbolic journey for Scarlett Johansson, as an alien who adopts a seductive outer layer, only to begin to understand what it all means.

Through a Glass Lightly: Scarlett Johansson in ‘Under the Skin

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Blu-ray Review – Dom Hemingway (2013)

10 April 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Dom Hemingway, 2013.

Written and Directed by Richard Shepard.

Starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Jumayn Hunter, Madalina Diana Ghenea, Kerry Condon, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Jordan A. Nash.


After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he’s owed.

At face value Dom Hemingway shouldn’t work. By 2013 the charm of cockney criminals has worn so thin you can see right through it thanks to imitations of Guy Ritchie’s early work; I’m referring to rubbish like Love, Honour, and Obey, Revolver, RocknRolla, Gangster No. 1 and anything starring Danny Dyer. The resurgence in these kinds of films since the late 90s has marred British cinema, so when I saw Jude Law was starring in a film about a cockney criminal, you can forgive me for wanting to give it a wide berth. »

- Gary Collinson

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Why Ray Winstone Is Perfect for That 'Point Break' Remake (Clips)

9 April 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Brit character actor Ray Winstone is in talks to star in the tussled-about "Point Break" remake as FBI agent Angelo Pappas, a role Gary Busey immortalized in Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 homoerotic cult classic about bank-robbing surfers. He'll be joining Gerard Butler, currently cast as wave-chasing, surfer-gang leader Bodhi (originally played by Patrick Swayze). Aussie hunk Luke Bracey will star opposite Butler and Winstone as FBI rookie Johnny Utah (played Keanu Reeves in Bigelow's film). Winstone induced shivers in 1999 as a walking picture of paternal evil in Tim Roth's indie "The War Zone," but you've also seen him skulking along the fringes of many mainstream and indie films, including "The Departed," "Cold Mountain," "Hugo," "Sexy Beast" and as a descendent of Cain in "Noah."  Across the pond, he's been a film and TV mainstay for decades, with two BAFTA noms under his belt, accolades from the British Independent Film Awards »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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DVD Review: 'Dom Hemingway'

8 April 2014 9:39 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆Imagine Sexy Beast's Don Logan suddenly developing a heart halfway through Jonathan Glazer's film. Unfathomable, isn't it. This is the unfortunate trajectory of Jude Law's volatile, large-than-life parolee in Richard Shepard's comedy drama Dom Hemingway (2013), which squanders its early promise with a pedestrian and muddled second half. Released from prison after a twelve-year spell, flamboyant safe-cracker Dom Hemingway (Law) is taken to a lavish mansion in the South of France with old friend Dickie (Richard E. Grant) to collect his reward for keeping quiet in the nick from crime lord Mr. Fontaine (Demián Bichir).


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Second Opinion – Noah (2014)

8 April 2014 9:36 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Noah, 2014.

Directed by Darren Aronofsky.

Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Nick Nolte, Mark Margolis and Kevin Durand.


A man is chosen by his world’s creator to undertake a momentous mission to rescue the innocent before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the wicked from the world.

This is a film review. I’ve not read The Bible, I’m not a religious person in the slightest although I have no issue in any way, shape or form with those who are. If you watch Noah because you have even the vaguest interest in the Bible story on which it is based, and wish to discuss, argue, or debate the merits of the film based on this, that is entirely your prerogative. I, however, watched it solely because it is the latest film from director Darren Aronofsky, a film maker I admire greatly, »

- Gary Collinson

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Space Oddity: Jonathan Glazer on 'Under the Skin'

4 April 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The very first shot of Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin focuses on a brilliant pinprick of light that blossoms into a prismatic flower, evoking a homemade version of Cosmos' CGI Big Bang. The comparison is only fair, considering the movie itself feels like the dawn of a new age: Glazer's third feature arrives almost ten years after the release of his last movie, 2004's Birth, long enough to make you feel that he's starting with a clean canvas. Unlike the tough-guy surrealism of 2000's Sexy Beast or the languid romanticism of Birth, »

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Interview: Jonathan Glazer Burrows 'Under The Skin' With Scarlett Johansson For A Haunting Experience

4 April 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It has been close to a decade since commercial and music video director-turned-filmmaker Jonathan Glazer released his sophomore feature film, “Birth.” Following his slick and stylish debut, the gangster flick “Sexy Beast,” marked a leap forward stylistically, with longer takes, a bold visual approach and a carefully considered integration of narrative and score. And now with his third film, “Under The Skin” (our review) Glazer has again pushed the language of his filmmaking into bold and truly exciting places. (Indeed, check out our 5 Reasons Why It's One Of The Best Films Of The Year). While the premise—which follows an alien disguised as a sexually attractive woman who hunts and captures men across the Scottish countryside—might seem like a sci-fi B-movie on paper, that’s merely the starting point for Glazer. An audacious, guerilla-style shoot saw lead actress Scarlett Johansson play her character and interact with members of the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Edelstein: Under the Skin Takes the Horror Genre in Infectiously Strange New Directions

4 April 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Proving again that space aliens have resonance beyond the multiplex, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin takes the horror genre in infectiously strange new directions. The film is quite a departure from Michel Faber’s novel, which is grisly, chatty, borderline satirical, the story of an alien from a planet of cowlike creatures who undergoes painful surgery and drives around Scotland seducing brawny men who won’t be easily missed—men who are then drugged, castrated, fattened for slaughter, and finally butchered and shipped back in pieces to the home world. Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) has eliminated every last bit of exposition and concocted a creepy-crawly, near-abstract meditation on a woman’s estrangement from her own body. At times the film is right on the border between mesmerizing and narcotizing, but it casts an otherworldly spell.The alien, known as Laura (Scarlett ­Johansson), slips into human skin, adopts an English accent, »

- David Edelstein

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Jonathan Glazer On ‘Under the Skin,’ Kubrick’s Influence and How the Easiest Part of It Was Getting the Money

3 April 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

No one could ever accuse Jonathan Glazer of opting for quantity over quality. The British filmmaker has made only three movies in the span of 14 years, including his latest, Under the Skin. During that time, and before he made his feature debut in 2000 with Sexy Beast, Glazer directed music videos for Radiohead, Unkle, Massive Attack, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and more of your favorite bands. He also has done commercials for Nike, Audi, Guinness and Motorola. Glazer has a résumé to brag about. He’s done well for himself, which is probably why our interview with him is at the Chateau Marmont, which smells of money. Maybe it’s all the 20-year-olds coming in and out with their Rolls-Royces that gives it that scent. Still, the rather cozy and surprisingly low-key hotel is an ideal place to speak with Glazer. And the 49-year-old director is in good spirits when we meet him. He »

- Jack Giroux

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Composer Mica Levi Gets Under Scarlett Johansson’s Skin With Her Film Score Debut

3 April 2014 4:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Critics have been wildly divided by Jonathan Glazer’s oblique sci-fi meditation, “Under the Skin,” in which Scarlett Johansson plays an extraterrestrial predator who eventually becomes the prey as human emotions start to cloud her unearthly resolve. Uniform praise, however, has been heaped upon Mica Levi’s unsettling, atmospheric score.

“An extraordinary score,” hailed the New Yorker’s Anthony Lane. “Glazer attempts to let us see the human world through the eyes of a non-human, evocatively reflected in Mica Levi’s score,” wrote Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers. “Levi’s eerie soundtrack drifts in and out, furthering a sense of discombobulation associated with her cryptic point of view,” stated Indiewire’s Eric Kohn.

Some reviewers have gone so far as to place Levi and d.p. Daniel Landin on equal footing with the director. And Glazer himself likens Levi’s contribution to another character in the movie.

He met Levi, »

- Steve Chagollan

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