7. A Hijacking (June 21)

Director: Tobias Lindholm 
Cast: Pilou Asbæk, Søren Malling, Dar Salim, Roland Møller, Gary Skjoldmose Porter, Abdihakin Asgar, Amalie Alstrup
Distributor: Magnolia

Criticwire Average: 18 critics gave it a B+ average.

Why is it a "Must See"? Tobias Lindholm's story of a Danish ship attacked by Somali pirates, "A Hijacking," has won awards at festivals around the world.  A thriller with contemplative moments, the film teases out anticipation as the pirates must negotiate with officials in Copenhagen.  The film -- which leads with a fairly unknown cast from an internationally untested director -- has proven to be a breakout for Lindholm.  Whether American audiences embrace it remains to be seen, but we certainly recommend they do. [Bryce J. Renninger]

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8. The Hunt (July 12)

Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Alexandra Rapaport, Annika Wedderkopp
Distributor: Magnolia

Criticwire Average: 35 critics gave it a B average

Why is it a "Must See"? Thomas Vinterberg's latest received a fair amount of critical praise upon its premiere at Cannes last year, including a Best Actor win for star Mads Mikkelsen. Now, almost a year later, the film has premiered in every major European market and has screenings at a variety of festivals since Cannes, including a North American premiere at Toronto, and its finally gearing up for a US theatrical release this July through TrustNordisk. Mikkelsen stars as Lucas, who after a rough divorce finally begins to get his life back together with a new girlfriend and a new job at a local kindergarten. But a random lie by one of his students quickly turns the town hysterical, with Lucas facing false claims against him and finding very few still standing on his side. While far from traditional summer fare, Vinterberg has crafted a harrowing portrayal of a torn community and a man fighting for his dignity against impossible odds, along the way landing on many 2012 end of the year lists. [Cameron Sinz]

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9. Crystal Fairy (July 12)

Director: Sebastian Silva
Cast: Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffmann, Juan Andrés Silva, José Miguel Silva, Agustín Silva
Distributor: IFC Films

Criticwire Average: 13 critics have it a B average.

Why is it a "Must See"? One of two Sebastian Silva films to both star Michael Cera and premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival (the other being "Magic Magic"), "Crystal Fairy" is based on a real road trip taken by Silva and his brothers, with dialogue 100% improvised from an 11-page outline. Essentially a drug-fueled road movie (isn't that the best kind?), "Crystal Fairy" earned high praise from The Playlist in their Sundance review: "Generally, unless you’re a master like Christopher Guest, films without scripts tend to feel like it. While 'Crystal Fairy' is loose, there’s never a moment where you’re taken out of the picture by realizing the actors might not know where they’re heading next." [Peter Knegt]

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