Movies - One to Watch: Under the Skin

'Scarlett Johansson as an extraterrestrial femme fatale cruising the streets of Glasgow in Jonathan Glazer’s cerebral sci-fi horror fantasy “Under the Skin” is an indelible personification of predatory allure.'

'...it is as if the voice of Samantha — the operating system Ms. Johansson voiced in “Her” — has taken human form. But instead of a seemingly empathetic cyberfriend, she turns out to be a heartless humanoid temptress from outer space.'

From the New York Times Review by Stephen Holden


A Much Darker Hitchhiker's Guide - Scarlett Johansson as a Deadly Alien in ‘Under the Skin’


One to Watch: Just a Sigh "Le temps de l'aventure".

"Alix lives sloppily. She leaves her cellphone charger in Calais; her credit cards don’t work for lack of funds; and she carries almost no cash. On the train from Calais to Paris for an audition, she makes eye contact with an older, English-speaking stranger (Gabriel Byrne), whose name, Douglas, isn’t revealed until the end of the film. "

From the New York Times review by Stephen Holden


Movies: Two to Watch - 'The Hunt' and 'Crystal Fairy'.


'An unspoken question addressed by the movie is why adults so readily believe the words of confused young children. The self-righteousness of those eager to believe the worst is as galling as it is believable. The movie suggests that the solidarity of the village’s condemnation is a measure of individual uncertainty. It’s a matter of finding safety in numbers.'


         ‘The Hunt,’ With Mads Mikkelsen, Charts a Town’s Hysteria.






'The movie is so deceptively easygoing that it feels semi-improvised by the actors... The seeming casualness is such that, at a certain point, you feel like a traveler on a real-life journey during which the tensions between Jamie and Crystal threaten to erupt into warfare.'

From The New York Times review also by Steven Holden.

         In ‘Crystal Fairy,’ Young U.S.Tourists Aim for the Mystical