There are four great new films appearing on DVD this week, and one dud (a film with such a ridiculous premise that I first thought it was a joke). Let’s concentrate on the good. We were skeptical about the American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (rather, annoyed by Hollywood’s penchant for remaking already-great recent foreign films), but David Finch beat expectations and delivered a thriller that might even surpass its model. Likewise, The Muppets could have been a train wreck, but was one of the Criticker community’s favorite films of the year.
John LeCarre gets another cinematic adaptation in the excellent Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, a film which Criticker users praised for its smarts. And almost everyone had nice things to say about Carnage, Roman Polanski’s bitter comedy based on the hit stage play. So, four great films to choose from. Please just stay away from Hop.
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo @ Amazon
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6′s echelons.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy @ Amazon
With the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon.
The Muppets @ Amazon
Tells the story of two sets of parents who decide to have a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a schoolyard brawl.
Carnage @ Amazon
The Easter Bunny is accidentally hit by a car, and it’s up to the offending driver to save Easter.
Hop @ Amazon