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Under the Skin is a chilly, beautiful alien avant-garde creation disguised as a feature film, just as it's seductive anti-heroine seems disguised as a woman. With little dialogue, Scarlett Johansson plays a predatory cypher who cruises Scotland in a van, picking up guys and doing something strange, symbolic and frightening to them. You may extrapolate a science-fiction explanation that director Jonathan Glazer doesn't bother to clarify from Michel Farber's novel, though it can also be seen as a conceptual dance with eerie music, ravishing photography and a buzzing ambience that implies something insectile, as in an early scene where Johansson gazes upon an ant and later when she's distracted by a fly. There was no chance anything this bizarre would get any Oscar nods, but don't let that stop you from seeking out one of last year's best films. The McNay screens it as part of its GET REEL Film Series. Free, wine reception at 6pm film at 6:30pm, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N New Braunfels, (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org. — Michael Barrett



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