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This Weekend, Watch Johansson and Gainsbourg Suck Men's Souls in 'Under the Skin' and 'Nymphomaniac: Volume II'

This weekend, catch sexy Scarlett Johansson in not one, but two films, and in two wildly different roles. While reviews are solid-gold for the Marvel sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," in which she stars opposite the reassuringly bland charms of Chris Evans, you're unlikely to see a weirder, or better, movie than Jonathan Glazer's freaky-good succubus-from-space odyssey "Under the Skin."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 3, 2014 3:30 PM
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Things I Learned at the 'Mad Men' Season Seven Premiere, Review Roundup: "The beginning of the end" (TRAILER)

My favorite moment at the "Mad Men" Season Seven premiere: when AMC president Charles Collier asked the sprawling ensemble to rise from their seats at Hollywood's Arclight Theatre, Jon Hamm (Don Draper) and Kevin Rahm (Ted Chaough) caught sight of each other standing in the same row and waved. The Emmy-winning series is being celebrated by Time and Variety cover stories, Diane Sawyer's World News Tonight and Good Morning America before the final season of "Mad Men" debuts on April 13. (Trailer, poster and review round-up are below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2014 3:19 PM
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Review: Mystery Doc 'The Galapagos Affair' a Riveting Reconstruction of Paradise Gone to Hell

Jean-Paul Sartre wrote that Hell is other people. Several of the ill-fated subjects at the center of Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine’s riveting historical mystery documentary “The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden” would have probably agreed with him.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2014 12:10 PM
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As 'Nymphomaniac' Provokes, von Trier and Leth's Masterful 'Five Obstructions' Gets DVD Rerelease

At the same time that the impish Lars von Trier is busy offending, affronting, provoking and outraging audiences with “Nymphomaniacs” I and II, Kino Lorber has chosen to re-release one of the films that got a lot of people excited about von Trier in the first place: “The Five Obstructions.”
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 1, 2014 11:32 AM
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Review: Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac: Volume II'

In the grim second volume of Lars von Trier's erotic epic "Nymphomaniac," the great Dane dares us once again to sympathize with a morally monstrous antiheroine -- here, in the form of Joe, as played by Charlotte Gainsbourg, who's game for anything and everything for the role. Watch it now on VOD before it hits theaters April 4.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 31, 2014 3:50 PM
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Why Ten Years Later, Jonathan Glazer's 'Birth' Is Still a Masterpiece

Ten years after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2004, Jonathan Glazer's "Birth" remains as powerfully mysterious as ever. With his long-awaited followup "Under the Skin" hitting theaters this Friday, it's time to dust off "Birth" for careful, critical reconsideration.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 31, 2014 3:23 PM
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Review: Chris Eska's Meditative, Slow-Burn Civil War Drama 'The Retrieval'

Chris Eska’s beautifully made Civil War drama “The Retrieval,” which opens at Film Forum April 2, is a quietly stirring journey into America’s ravaged heartland of 1864. It follows three black men, two fully grown and one barely on the cusp of adolescence, as they walk North and navigate the complexities of survival, self-interest and slowly emerging friendship.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 31, 2014 3:08 PM
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What Critics Are Saying About the Season Four Premiere of 'Game Of Thrones' (TRAILER)

First reviews for the season four premiere of HBO's sword-and-sandals epic "Game of Thrones" are in. The episode, fitfully titled "Two Swords," debuts on HBO April 6.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 31, 2014 2:07 PM
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Career Watch: Will ‘Noah’ Prove a Blessing for Russell Crowe?

Russell Crowe has often proved his own worst enemy over the years, but "Noah" proves that he's still a major movie star. Can he get out of his own way?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 31, 2014 1:48 PM
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Review: Smart Horror Flick '13 Sins' Tests Our Moral Mettle (TRAILER)

Smart horror flick "13 Sins" asks what would we do for the right price? Or even the “right” reasons?
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 31, 2014 11:48 AM
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