Red State

I was certain I knew what he was capable of and what his limitations were. Red State has completely blown such notions out of the water. What I see now is a filmmaker that could basically do anything, if he turned his mind to it. In Red State, he effortlessly writes, directs and edits horror, action and comedy in what could arguably be considered an ‘art house’ flick.
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The Nanny Diaries

There is so much wrong with this film it is difficult to find something to praise. Laura Linney perhaps comes closest to deserving it, playing Mrs X with a ruthless and manipulative streak that is the ultimate exemplar of the script’s point of view, and required someone of Linney’s ability to make work.
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The Simpsons Movie

The Simpson family have been joined by all manner of fancy animated characters and creations, and they have stayed resolutely the same. In spite of the wizardry of Pixar et al in their attempts to bring human characters to life, The Simpsons still presents the most realistic collection of animated humanity going around.
Rating: 3.5 starsHoopla Factor: 4.0 stars


It isn't as good as the series' peak (somewhere around and after season 5, so say I), yet it is significantly wittier than the last few seasons.
Rating: 3.5 starsHoopla Factor: 3.5 stars

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The Host

The Host is actually a cut above the average monster movie flick – the creature’s initial rampage is brilliant. The first act skilfully blends humour with horror, and that on its own is worth the price of admission, which is a good thing considering it goes downhill from there on.
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