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September 2, 2013 | By John Horn
- Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin" isn't easy to watch. And that's part of the point. Not far into the "Sexy Beast" filmmaker's new drama about an alien in human form, which had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend, you see a couple with an 18-month-old child picnicking on a Scottish beach. When their dog is swept out to sea by stormy waves, the parents and a nearby swimmer try to rescue the pet, but it all ends badly. Into the frame enters a young woman named Laura (played by Scarlett Johansson)
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April 12, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Actress Scarlett Johansson topped the box office charts last weekend playing the character of Black Widow in the Marvel superhero flick "Captain America: The Winter Soldier. " That same weekend she was on screen as a man-eater of a different type in the cryptic indie sci-fi film "Under the Skin. " As a space alien in human form who lures male victims into a mysterious black void, Johansson gives a performance at once sinister, sultry and unexpectedly sympathetic. If "Captain America" was the latest product of a studio franchise machine, "Under the Skin" was the handcrafted result of writer-director Jonathan Glazer's 10-year quest to bring a singular experience to the screen.
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April 3, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
To truly get "Under the Skin," it's helpful to come in with no preconceptions, no expectations, and just give yourself over to the primal ooze of the experience filmmaker Jonathan Glazer has created and Scarlett Johansson has made brilliantly, unnervingly real. Watching this film feels like a genesis moment - of sci-fi fable, of filmmaking, of performance - with all the ambiguity and excitement that implies. It's as if director and star have gone into some alien space to discover what embodies a person, exposing the interior dynamic of psyche and soul and its relationship to the exterior.
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April 3, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
To truly get "Under the Skin," it's helpful to come in with no preconceptions, no expectations, and just give yourself over to the primal ooze of the experience filmmaker Jonathan Glazer has created and Scarlett Johansson has made brilliantly, unnervingly real. Watching this film feels like a genesis moment - of sci-fi fable, of filmmaking, of performance - with all the ambiguity and excitement that implies. It's as if director and star have gone into some alien space to discover what embodies a person, exposing the interior dynamic of psyche and soul and its relationship to the exterior.
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April 12, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Actress Scarlett Johansson topped the box office charts last weekend playing the character of Black Widow in the Marvel superhero flick "Captain America: The Winter Soldier. " That same weekend she was on screen as a man-eater of a different type in the cryptic indie sci-fi film "Under the Skin. " As a space alien in human form who lures male victims into a mysterious black void, Johansson gives a performance at once sinister, sultry and unexpectedly sympathetic. If "Captain America" was the latest product of a studio franchise machine, "Under the Skin" was the handcrafted result of writer-director Jonathan Glazer's 10-year quest to bring a singular experience to the screen.
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October 29, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
"Birth" might be more accurately called "Rebirth." Lit up by an incandescent Nicole Kidman performance, this adventurous film, daring and frustrating by turns, uses cinematic skill to raise provocative questions about love, belief, memory and reincarnation. As a demonstration of the power as well as the limitations of exceptional filmmaking, it's as unsettling and unusual as anything you're likely to see.
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September 10, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
One of the most talked-about pictures during the fall festival trifecta of Telluride, Venice and Toronto, Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin" has been acquired by distributor A24. The company plans to release the film, starring Scarlett Johansson, next year. Based on the novel by Michel Faber, the film stars Johansson as an alien being who has taken human form roaming Scotland in search of victims she needs to survive. The film's unusual visual style comes from the fact that at least some of its action was shot "candid camera" style with Johansson interacting with real people; that footage mixed with scenes of her with actors.
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August 30, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Screening in a late-night time slot, the highly anticipated "Under the Skin" played for the first time on Thursday at the the Telluride Film Festival. Early word filtering back from some attendees immediately shorthanded the movie -- for better or worse -- as the "Scarlett Johansson naked alien movie. " Directed by Jonathan Glazer, who co-wrote the screenplay with Walter Campbell based on the novel by Michel Faber, the film finds Johansson prowling the Scottish highlands in a white van, seekingĀ  lonely men. To eat. Because she's a space alien.
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June 13, 2001 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
You can tell from the opening shot, an overhead view of an overweight man baking in the super-hot Spanish sun, that "Sexy Beast" is going to have style that burns. And it does. But there's more.
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June 17, 2010
Wagner's own music has made a powerful statement within a film. Some notable examples: 1. "The Great Dictator" (1940). The prelude to Act 1 of "Lohengrin" serves as ironic underscore for a classic scene in Charles Chaplin's political satire in which despotic Adenoid Hynkel bounces a balloon globe around his office. 2. "Humoresque" (1946). Film composer Franz Waxman's fantasy on "Tristan and Isolde," written for violinist Isaac Stern to play off-screen (for John Garfield, as an ambitious violinist who romances a wealthy socialite played by Joan Crawford)
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September 10, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
One of the most talked-about pictures during the fall festival trifecta of Telluride, Venice and Toronto, Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin" has been acquired by distributor A24. The company plans to release the film, starring Scarlett Johansson, next year. Based on the novel by Michel Faber, the film stars Johansson as an alien being who has taken human form roaming Scotland in search of victims she needs to survive. The film's unusual visual style comes from the fact that at least some of its action was shot "candid camera" style with Johansson interacting with real people; that footage mixed with scenes of her with actors.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2013 | By John Horn
- Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin" isn't easy to watch. And that's part of the point. Not far into the "Sexy Beast" filmmaker's new drama about an alien in human form, which had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend, you see a couple with an 18-month-old child picnicking on a Scottish beach. When their dog is swept out to sea by stormy waves, the parents and a nearby swimmer try to rescue the pet, but it all ends badly. Into the frame enters a young woman named Laura (played by Scarlett Johansson)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Screening in a late-night time slot, the highly anticipated "Under the Skin" played for the first time on Thursday at the the Telluride Film Festival. Early word filtering back from some attendees immediately shorthanded the movie -- for better or worse -- as the "Scarlett Johansson naked alien movie. " Directed by Jonathan Glazer, who co-wrote the screenplay with Walter Campbell based on the novel by Michel Faber, the film finds Johansson prowling the Scottish highlands in a white van, seekingĀ  lonely men. To eat. Because she's a space alien.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
"Birth" might be more accurately called "Rebirth." Lit up by an incandescent Nicole Kidman performance, this adventurous film, daring and frustrating by turns, uses cinematic skill to raise provocative questions about love, belief, memory and reincarnation. As a demonstration of the power as well as the limitations of exceptional filmmaking, it's as unsettling and unusual as anything you're likely to see.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2001 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
You can tell from the opening shot, an overhead view of an overweight man baking in the super-hot Spanish sun, that "Sexy Beast" is going to have style that burns. And it does. But there's more.
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July 30, 2004 | From Reuters
The stars are sure to dazzle at this year's Venice Film Festival after new artistic director Marco Muller unveiled a lineup Thursday that includes several Hollywood pictures in and out of competition. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks will kick off the 61st edition of the world's oldest film festival with the new romantic comedy "Terminal," about a foreigner stranded for nine months in New York's JFK airport.
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