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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2014 1:20 PM
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Jonathan Glazer, Under The Skin
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).

Watch: Scarlett Johansson Is Back In Action In First Trailer For Luc Besson's 'Lucy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2014 12:27 PM
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Scarlett Johansson, Lucy
How does one describe Luc Besson's "Lucy"? Well, we'll just let Scarlett Johansson explain it herself. "I wouldn't say it's science fiction, but it's definitely a thriller," she told Darren Aronofsky in Interview magazine last fall. "I play a character who, throughout the course of the film, begins to use a greater and greater capacity of her brain."

Review: Jonathan Glazer's Seductive Girl-Who-Fell-To-Earth Pic 'Under The Skin' Starring Scarlett Johansson

  • By Chris Willman
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  • April 1, 2014 6:19 PM
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Under The Skin
If you’re a random male pedestrian and a gal who looks like Scarlett Johansson ever pulls up and offers to take you to her place for a quickie, the logical thing to do would be run like hell, since this could only be either a sting or a sign of the apocalypse, no matter how good looking a fellow you are. But lust trumps logic as Johansson lures a bevy of bros to their doom in “Under the Skin."

First Look: Move Over Black Widow, Here's Scarlett Johansson In Luc Besson's 'Lucy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2014 1:12 PM
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Scarlett Johansson Lucy
Over the next month, we're going to see two different sides to Scarlett Johansson. She'll be doing the superhero thing in Marvel's "Captain America: The First Avenger" and she'll also been roaming the Scottish countryside, picking up men and killing them in Jonathan Glazer's fantastic "Under The Skin." But if you prefer your ScarJo in ass-kicking mode, good news, because she's got another action flick on the way.

Watch: New Clips From 'Under The Skin' & 'The Double' Highlight Must-See Spring Movies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2014 9:35 AM
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Under The Skin
With "Divergent" in theaters and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" on the way, blockbuster season is upon us. But fear not, adventurous cinephile, if you do a little digging, there is still some gems to be discovered at a theatre nearby, and today brings clips from two them.

Review: Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson & Robert Redford

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 20, 2014 4:05 PM
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
He might not be a space Viking or a talking raccoon, but Captain America was almost as tricky a character to bring to the screen in the 21st century as some of his Marvel contemporaries — standing for sincerity and purity in an age of grittiness and irony, and wearing the stars-and-stripes in an age when international box-office is key. As such, the character's first appearance in 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger," is probably best described as a modest success, both critically (an enjoyably retro first half giving way to a flatter, more formless second), and commercially — at $370 million, it's the second lowest-grossing of the Marvel pictures so far.

Watch: First 10 Minutes Of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Plus Falcon Featurette

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 19, 2014 9:05 AM
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
With just a few weeks left until the film’s release, the first ten minutes of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (via Movieweb) have arrived online to lure you to the movie theater alongside a featurette introducing audiences to Marvel’s newest hero.

Watch: 'Under The Skin' Featurette Goes Undercover, Plus 20-Minute Talk With Jonathan Glazer & New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2014 11:22 AM
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Under The Skin
Of the many remarkable things about Jonathan Glazer's "Under The Skin," one of them is the immersive approach to the production that put Scarlett Johansson out into the real world with non-actors, to allow her alien character to interact with complete strangers with a high degree of authenticity.

Watch: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Black Widow Featurette Plus Post-Credit Scenes Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2014 5:33 PM
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
In just a couple of weeks, Marvel will kick off their year of geekery with "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." As always, fans are excited for the movie and of course, the now-standard post-credits tease. So what's coming this time around from the studio? Well, as is also now standard, some folks who have seen early screenings are spilling what you can expect if you stick around to enjoy squishy floors of your local multiplex.

SXSW Review: Jon Favreau's 'Chef' Starring Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 7, 2014 9:40 PM
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Jon Favreau, Chef
Ahead of the inaugural screening of Jon Favreau's latest film "Chef,” the movie is being heralded as a glorious return to the filmmaker's independent roots. Favreau, after all, wrote "Swingers," one of the more influential indies of the nineties, and reteamed with his "Swingers" co-star Vince Vaughn for a madcap mobster comedy with 2001's "Made" (a film that he directed, too). Since then, he's been swayed by the Hollywood machine, turning out a number of big budget smashes (“Iron Man”) but these films were, to many degrees, tentpole-anonymous; possessing little evidence of the voice that made him such a sensation in the first place. And while the more down-to-earth "Chef" does offer some fascinating autobiographical dimensions, the film is also an overlong, unfunny, largely insufferable bore. This doesn't feel like a homecoming; it feels like a step backwards into a generic Culver City studio zip code.

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