Movies, Scarlett Johansson
BY David Salazar, d.salazar@latinospost.com  Apr 05, 2014 09:43 AM EDT
Ultimately "Under the Skin" is a highly intricate experimental narrative from a visionary filmmaker with one of the best performances in recent memory by Scarlett Johansson. Those expecting more conventional fare will undoubtedly be put off, but those willing to try something new will come away altered and fascinated.
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Movies, Scarlett Johansson

'Under the Skin' Movie Review: Scarlett Johansson Delivers Incredible Performance in Deliberate & Illumination Study of Identity and Alienation

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Opera, Boheme, Grigolo

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Movies, Noah

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