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Time Machine: Sensational Scarlett J. in Purple

Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact,
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Dan’s Ten Best: Movies of 2014

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The proverbial Top Ten List. A sacred tradition passed down by our cinematic elders. This is the fourth time I have partaken in this holy tradition, and one thing has remained constant is that this list is never set in stone. As we catch up with more films we missed or rewatch our favorites it causes us to like a movie more or less causing this list to change. In fact in 2012 and 2013 I ended up seeing my number one film of the year after I wrote up my Top 10. So the question becomes, “Why Do it?”. Well, for one it’s fun. At least I find it an enjoyable exercise as I try to break down the year that was. I watched 163 movies that were released in 2014. Narrowing that 163 down to a Top 10 is a challenge I enjoy.

Looking at 2014 as a whole it is evident it was a pretty good year.
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Under The Skin Blu-ray Review

For some Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin will be known as the best science fiction film since Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. For others it will be known as the film where Scarlett Johansson gets naked, and will be famous to them for the screengrabs that revealed more than her leaked nude pictures. In fact, it’s likely that some will be familiar with images from the movie but will never see the film. Such is nudity in the internet era. Which is too bad as the film itself is a striking work, though the film is more interested in tone than narrative. My Under the Skin Blu-ray review follows after the jump. Assisted by a biker (Jeremy McWilliams), Johansson’s nameless protagonist comes from outer space and is given the clothing of a human. She then proceeds to drive around Scotland looking for men. Adopting a British accent,
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New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: 'Noah' Sails Home Weeks Before Disc

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Congress (psychological sci-fi; Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm; pretheatrical release; not rated) Teenage (documentary; voices: Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw; not rated) Under the Skin (surreal sci-fi; Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams; rated R) Video Games: The Movie (documentary about gaming history and culture; narrator: Sean Astin; available on Mod and in theaters; not rated)   Streaming/Digital Download: Rent from...

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Under The Skin DVD Review

Director: Jonathan Glazer

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Joe Szula, Kryštof Hádek, Paul Brannigan, Adam Pearson, Michael Moreland, Dave Acton, Jessica Mance

Running Time: 108 minutes

Certificate: 15

An alien disguised as a buxom, red lipstick wearing femme-fatale drives around Glasgow in a white van, picking up unsuspecting men and luring them back to her lair, where they meet a sticky end. Another alien on a motorcycle tears around cleaning up after her and hiding all the evidence. I know how it looks. But whilst the premise for Under The Skin might sound like a collaboration between Russ Meyer and Roger Corman, it’s actually anything but. Instead Jonathan Glazer has created a film that’s harrowing, freaky and visually stunning – with some bleak messages about humanity.

Scarlett Johansson plays the alien with a kind of slack-jawed emptiness. With her blank expression she’s like an automaton that only starts up in
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Ten Best: Movies of the Year… So Far!

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It is that time again as 2014 is already half over. Wow, time flies when you are watching movies. The year being half over brings my annual, “Top 10 Movies of the Year…So Far” list, and without question this is my strongest list by a long shot. One big reason is the increase of great titles that have been released On Demand. Half of my list in fact is made up of films I saw On Demand. Now I am all for supporting your local Art House Theater as much as possible, but certain films don’t make it outside of La and New York so On Demand is a great tool to experience some great Independent movies. I feel like geek culture is far too obsessed with franchises that stick to the same format over and over again. I enjoy franchise movies as well, as you will see on this list,
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'Under the Skin' Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD July 15th

'Under the Skin' Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD July 15th
Scarlett Johansson stars as an alien seductress in the "hypnotically beautiful" (The Atlantic) thriller Under the Skin, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD July 15 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film, which was released theatrically by A24, comes from visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth). It is a "mind-melting masterpiece" (Village Voice) of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial, or maybe something in between. Filled with Mica Levi's mesmerizing score and stunning visual sequences, the film was nominated for the Golden Lion award at the 2013 Venice Film Festival and four awards at the 2013 British Independent Film Awards, including Best Actress (Scarlett Johansson) and Best Director (Jonathan Glazer). The "beguiling and beautiful nightmare" (Indiewire) Under the Skin, will be available on Blu-ray and DVD, including a "making of" featurette, for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

A voluptuous woman of
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‘Under the Skin’ Review

In Under the Skin, Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) plays a mysterious extraterrestrial stalking prey (read: men) along the West Coast of Scotland. After assuming the appearance of one particularly unfortunate Scottish dame, Johansson’s unnamed alien prowls the streets in a nondescript cargo van, pretending to need directions in an effort to seek out unsuspecting (and lustful) loners willing to throw caution to the wind and accept a ride from the black-haired beauty.

Overseen by a male attendant (played by former Irish motorcycle racer Jeremy McWilliams), Johansson’s character is completely oblivious to the dangers and horrors of the world, a singularly focused siren, pursuing one male victim after the next, leading each to a horrifying end inside her slaughterhouse. Until an unusual encounter causes the uncaring predator ...

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Film Review: Thought Illuminating, Mind Blowing ‘Under the Skin’

Chicago – Imagine a stranger taking a journey around the landscape of their destiny, and that only begins to describe the audacity and power of director Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin.” Scarlett Johansson creates a character of undeniable mystery and truth, a stranger in a strange land.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Johansson portrays an alien who looks like Scarlett Johansson, and thus can lure the men of this world – or at least the part of the world that is Scotland – into a void that they follow “her” into. And because the seduction is highly metaphoric, it reflects back to connections between men and women, the islands of human isolation, and the ramifications of our outer and inner selves. There is something so viable about the morality of the film, down to the last desperate and unfair punishment that the Johansson character must endure. This work of art is highly meditative, and eventually highly personal.
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'Under the Skin' Scarlett Johansson Featurette

'Under the Skin' Scarlett Johansson Featurette
At the same time as actress Scarlett Johansson's Captain America: The Winter Soldier hit theaters last weekend, her sci-fi indie thriller Under the Skin also debuted in limited release. The story centers on an alien (Scarlett Johansson) disguised as a seductive women who lures men to their death, roaming the countryside in search of new victims. Ahead of its nationwide expansion throughout the rest of this month, A24 Films has released a new featurette, where Scarlett Johansson reveals she has been discussing this project with director Jonathan Glazer for three years before it finally came together. Take a look at this featurette that includes new footage and interviews with both Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Glazer.

From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial - or something in between.
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Beware, Men, Scarlett Johansson is on the Prowl Again in New Trailer for Under the Skin

Men are so easy. Just ask Scarlett Johansson’s out-of-this-world character in Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin”, based on the book by Michael Faber. Frankly, advance word of the film’s rather episodic, wandering ways just means the movie is a too-faithful adaptation of the Faber book, which was pretty episodic and wandering. Or at least, it was for the first 60-70 or so pages I managed to get through. Here’s an extended trailer for “Under The Skin”, in which ScarJo plays an alien seductress who prowls the streets, alleyways, and highways of Scotland looking for willing victims. (And yes, they are apparently very willing. Suckers!) She then, we presume, has her way with them. Or does something to them that involves them never being seen again. Frankly, I’m not sure. Hopefully they all went with a smile. “Under the Skin” also stars Krystof Hádek, Paul Brannigan,
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