Critics’ picks, August 2–8, 2012
Go back to high school with a supersized teen thriller.
Dir. Joseph Kahn. 2011. R. 88mins. Shanley Caswell, Josh Hutcherson, Dane Cook, Spencer Locke, Jonathan Park.
Kahn’s crazy-quilt comedy plays like the ultimate high-school movie, mashing together elements from Scream, Donnie Darko and other teen-flick milestones. Available on demand widely.
Dir. Mikkel Nørgaard. 2010. R. 89mins. In Danish with subtitles. Frank Hvam, Casper Lindholm Christensen, Marcuz Jess Petersen, Mia Lyhne.
A pair of hapless man-children (Hvam and Christensen) drag an actual child along with them on their “Tour de Pussy” canoe trip. This raunchy Danish comedy has a stealth sweetness that’s rarely at odds with its NSFW outrageousness. Available on demand widely.
3. A Burning Hot Summer
Dir. Philippe Garrel. 2011. N/R. 93mins. In French and Italian with subtitles. Monica Bellucci, Louis Garrel, Jérôme Robart, Céline Sallette.
Garrel junior and senior, who collaborated on the sprawling Regular Lovers, reunite for a haunting New Wave throwback. Available on demand widely.