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By Nick Venable 2014-04-01 14:51:51discussion comments
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Under the Skin
When she’s not saving the world with Captain America, Scarlett Johansson is lurking around the Scottish countryside in the visually hypnotic sci-fi head trip Under the Skin, director Jonathan Glazer’s third film following 2000’s Sexy Beast and 2004’s Birth. This will be the first time ScarJo will be seen in the buff on the big screen, and that would be a bigger attention-grabber if this were a thinly-designed romantic comedy or something, but Under the Skin has made a name for itself by taking viewers on a trippy journey into the weird mechanics of sexuality and individuality within society. Or something about black goop.

Loosely adapting Michel Faber’s 2000 novel, Glazer tells the story of an alien (Johansson) who travels through rural Scotland in a van, luring young men inside under the guise of a sexual tryst. The joke’s on the hornballs, because all she wants to do is use them for spare parts. To go any farther into the plot would rob the film of its mysterious pleasures, as this isn’t a pic where dialogue and introspective conversation are plentiful. Under the Skin has received wide acclaim since its festival run last fall, and we’re almost completely positive the reviews weren’t coerced by aliens. All hail the goop!
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Stars: Scarlett Johansson
Release Date: April 4
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