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NYFF Review: Spike Jonze's 'Her' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams & Rooney Mara

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 12, 2013 8:06 PM
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Is social media anti-social? Has the information age divided us as much as it has been meant to unite? Is peer-to-peer simply an ironic term or are inter-personal, face-time relationships ripe for redefinition? While these are not the primary concerns of Spike Jonze’s lovely and perceptive relationship drama, “Her,” such implications are impossible to ignore in a movie that uses innovative and unconventional methods to explore some very universal anxieties.

Scarlett Johansson Talks The "Really Involved" Process Of Recording Vocals For Spike Jonze's Upcoming 'Her'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 4, 2013 9:21 AM
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Her, Spike Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix
With its world premiere set to close NYFF next Saturday night, Spike Jonze's romance “Her” is one film on our radars for many reasons: it marks the director's first film since 2007's “Where The Wild Things Are,” features soundtrack contributions from Karen O and Arcade Fire (who's handling the score), and also promises some interesting work from Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson's voice. Yes, the actress will only supply her talents in vocal form this time as a distant-future computer operating system, and in a recent interview she delved into exactly what that process entailed.

Review: Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Charming 'Don Jon' Starring Scarlett Johansson

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 26, 2013 7:00 PM
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Don Jon
Jon Martello is the quintessential modern-day lothario. He and his friends objectify women, rate them on a scale of one to ten and cruise clubs for chicks that they can bed and discard. Jon, in particular, is exceptionally good at wooing the ladies with his muscles, slick-backed hair and cocky charms. His life, as he tells us in voiceover, is all about his friends, the gym, his ride (a Camaro muscle car), his family, church (no, really), girls and pornography. Lots and lots of pornography. Jon is an inveterate and compulsive porn addict, so much so that it prevents him from having a substantial relationship with any female. Jon Martello, in case you missed it, is a total guido from New Jersey, complete with "Jersey Shore "accent.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Julianne Moore & Tony Danza Talk Porn & The Sexy 'Don Jon' Plus New Clips & Pics

  • By Chase Whale
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  • September 25, 2013 3:06 PM
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Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson
Porn. Masturbation. Scarlett Johansson acting sexier than ever. A pot-smoking Julianne Moore. Tony Fucking Danza. Sex. Sex. Sex. Everything you’ve always wanted in the directorial debut of boy wonder Joseph Gordon-Levitt is here, and it’s called "Don Jon."

Watch: Full-Length Trailer For Jonathan Glazer's Mesmerizing 'Under The Skin' Starring Scarlett Johansson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2013 11:55 AM
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Under The Skin
It may have taken nine years for Jonathan Glazer to deliver his third feature-length film, but the wait for "Under The Skin" has been more than worth it. Knocking out Playlist writers who saw the movie in Venice, Telluride and Toronto (see our review and 5 Reasons Why Jonathan Glazer's 'Under The Skin' Is One Of The Best Films Of The Year), the film is a visually dazzling piece of work, packed with enough ideas that you'll need a couple of viewings to dig beneath its many layers. The first teaser dropped a few weeks back, but now a longer version—almost twice the length—is here and it's another great peek at the movie.

Watch: 2 New Clips From Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon' Plus Win Tickets For San Francisco Advance Screening

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2013 12:37 PM
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Don Jon
There are men with swagger, confidence and plenty of game, and then there's "Don Jon." The name of the lead character created by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in his directorial debut he presents and portrays the ultimate guido player, who has no problem landing chicks, but soon meets his match, arriving in the comely shape of Scarlett Johansson.

Interview: Jonathan Glazer Talks The Guerilla Shoot Of His Bold 'Under The Skin' Starring Scarlett Johansson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2013 1:26 PM
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Under The Skin
It has been close to a decade since commercials 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,” the film 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,” Glazer has again pushed the language of his filmmaking into bold and truly exciting places.

5 Reasons Why Jonathan Glazer's 'Under The Skin' Is One Of The Best Films Of The Year

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 4, 2013 10:45 AM
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Under The Skin
This morning saw the first official press screening of "Under The Skin," the first new film in nine years from "Sexy Beast" and "Birth" helmer Jonathan Glazer, which premieres officially at the Venice Film Festival tonight. But as you'll know if you were reading over the weekend, the film's already been unveiled across the Atlantic as part of the line-up at the Telluride Film Festival.

Watch: Haunting, Enigmatic & Gorgeous First Teaser Trailer For 'Under The Skin' Starring Scarlett Johansson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2013 11:35 AM
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Under The Skin
To say that we've been looking forward to Jonathan Glazer's "Under The Skin" would be an understatement. The filmmaker made his name with music videos, before turning to the feature film world, dropping his sizzling debut "Sexy Beast" in 2000, followed four years later by "Birth," which, in this writer's opinion, is one of the best films of the 2000s. The wait has been a bit longer for Glazer's sci-fi effort "Under The Skin," which has taken its time from filming through post-production, but it looks like patience has paid off.

Telluride Review: Jonathan Glazer's 'Under The Skin' Starring Scarlett Johansson

  • By Chris Willman
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  • August 30, 2013 4:40 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,” which screened Friday night at the Telluride Film Festival.

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