For whatever reason, Norwegian films generally do pretty well at Criticker, but the only movie new to DVD this week which doesn’t at least cross the 5.0 “better than average” tier threshold is Norway’s Fatso. And this is a week that includes another American Pie sequel! American Reunion is better than expected, but the pick of the week is Ken Lonergan’s Margaret, starring Anna Paquin. Originally slated for release in 2007, this movie had a very troubled production, with producers who wanted to cut its running length battling the stubborn director. This week’s release is the director’s extended cut, which Criticker users agree is the superior version.
Jim, Michelle, Stifler, and their friends reunite in East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion.
American Reunion @ Amazon
A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people’s lives.
Margaret @ Amazon
A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan’s raid of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.
The Flowers of War @ Amazon
Rino Hanssen is 30 years old, obsessed with porn, and has never been with a woman. He lives in an apartment owned by his father, and he has only one friend: the asthmatic, misanthropic Filip. Suddenly his father rents out one of the rooms in the apartment to a young girl called Malin, an emancipated and seemingly unconcerned individual who seeks affirmation through sex, friends and a wild life…
Fatso @ Amazon
A behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the world’s largest comic book convention.
Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope @ Amazon