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Kick 'n Rush Review


Weak
Somehow 2 ryk og 1 aflevering translates from Danish into Kick 'n Rush (actually it means 2 Moves and a Pass), but try not to hold that against the movie. Billed as a Scandinavian American Pie, this conflagration of girls, video rentals, and soccer never really gels. Eventually it turns into standard boy-meets-girl stuff, with nary a prank pulled.

The Inheritance Review


Good
The Inheritance is a haunting look at how a sudden death in the family -- and the inheritance that comes with it -- can wreak havoc on a man's life.

Christoffer (Ulrich Thomsen) is happy to run his Swedish restaurant, far away from the demands of his ultra-rich family, but when his father dies, it's a matter of hours before he's sucked back in to run the family business, a high-pressure steel factory, rife with all manner of closet skeletons.

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Italian for Beginners Review


Excellent
Danish writer-director Lone Scherfig's durable and spunky romantic comedy Italian for Beginners is an intoxicatingly spry and entertaining romantic comedy produced under the auspices of Lars Von Trier's Dogme 95 guidelines. (Scherfig holds the distinction of being the first female filmmaker to helm a film under the Dogme 95 manifesto.)

The film takes place in a squalid Copenhagen suburb where emotions and anxiety seemingly run amok. While the actual narrative is simplistic, it profiles six desperately needy and complicated individuals looking to fulfill themselves. When a recently widowed (and young) pastor named Andreas (Anders W. Berthelsen) arrives on the scene to take over the duties for a wayward congregation, he finds himself catering to the interests of a half dozen disillusioned individuals trying to make sense out of their empty lives.

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