Under the Skin

The Best Movies of 2014 (According to Matt Singer)

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by Matt Singer 3 days ago
20th Century Fox/A24/Fox Searchlight
It wasn’t a great year for critics in movies—see ‘Birdman’ (or ‘Chef’ [or ‘Top Five’ (or ‘Big Eyes’)])—but it was a great year for critics at movies. 2014 offered an tremendous variety of fantastic films: big and small; foreign and domestic; mainstream and indie. To anyone who says the overall quality of movies has declined, I call B.S. There are more good movies now than ever before. If you can’t find one, you’re not looking very hard. Take, for instance, these ten instant classics:

The Best Movie Trailers of 2014

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by Matt Singer December 5, 2014 @ 11:58 AM
Marvel/Warner Bros./Sony Pictures Classics/Warner Bros.
Trailers are a huge part of the fabric of movies. They play before every film shown in theaters, and on every movie website around the world. They’re commercials, obviously, but they’re also more than that; miniature works of art that utilize the core elements of cinema—image, sound, music, action, editing—at their most pure and refined. And today at ScreenCrush we’re celebrating movie trailers by saluting the best sneak previews of 2014.

Reel Women: Scarlett Johansson's Superpower Is the Ability to Make Sci-Fi More Interesting

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by Britt Hayes July 25, 2014 @ 10:00 AM
Universal/A24
In the last year, Scarlett Johansson has voiced a sentient operating system in Spike Jonze's 'Her' and played an alien striving to understand humanity in Jonathan Glazer's jarring 'Under the Skin.' This week, she tackles a different kind of sci-fi with 'Lucy,' a film that carries some of the same thematic DNA as her previous roles, though it isn't quite as intellectual -- nor is it as brainy as its titular character. But thanks to Johansson, the film prevails, giving us a wild and delightfully weird entry in the Scarlett Johansson Sci-Fi Collection.

Reel Women: Getting 'Under the Skin' of Scarlett Johansson's Ill-Fated Transformation

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by Britt Hayes April 7, 2014 @ 11:45 AM
A24
Director Jonathan Glazer's 'Under the Skin' stars Scarlett Johansson as an apathetic alien named Laura, who uses her earthly female body to seduce men and lead them to their death. The film is an oft abstract and unnerving experience (especially in the wonderfully bizarre first hour), and when Laura makes a surprising decision, 'Under the Skin' shifts from examining ideas of subjective and intangible attraction to the tragedy of Johansson's femme fatale trying to claim her sexuality -- and her body -- as her own.

'Under the Skin' Trailer: Scarlett Johansson's Sexy Sci-Fi Thriller

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by Mike Sampson February 11, 2014 @ 10:20 AM
A24 Films
http://youtu.be/J7bAZCOk0Sc
If you need to be sold on 'Under the Skin', we probably don't need to do more than to mention Scarlett Johansson and the "graphic nudity" in the film's R-rating. But, if you must know more, we've got a trippy (and sexy), new trailer to share for the upcoming sci-fi thriller.

Scarlett Johansson Lured Regular Guys on the Street Into a Van For 'Under the Skin'

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by Mike Sampson September 12, 2013 @ 2:00 PM
A24
Scarlett Johansson's performance in 'Under the Skin' is perhaps best known for one where she is naked frequently. And, while that might be all you really need to know about 'Under the Skin,' there is also this interesting tidbit. For the film, where Scarlett plays a beautiful-but-evil man-killer, the actress secretly went out, seduced regular guys walking down the street and lured them into a van.

'Under the Skin' Review

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by Jordan Hoffman September 10, 2013 @ 8:24 PM
A24
From the center of a black screen a white dot forms into a sphere. Then, blue discs and then, finally, what looks like tar draining away from pure white. Mixed in with eerie music and some incoherent babble from a female voice. Even though I've seen all of 'Under the Skin' I still only have a vague, gut reaction idea of what these opening moments are meant to represent. And...I think that's exactly the idea?

'Under the Skin' Teaser: Scarlett Johansson Gets Sexy and Creepy

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by Britt Hayes September 2, 2013 @ 12:18 PM
http://youtu.be/kGDnbcq0BkU
'Under the Skin' premiered at the Telluride film festival this week in Colorado, and while it's garnered some divisive reviews, we've got our first look at this sexy and very creepy new sci-fi thriller from Jonathan Glazer, director of 'Sexy Beast' and 'Birth.' Starring Scarlett Johansson, the film promises to deliver some very strange and seductive visuals -- if this first teaser is any indication.