OBSERVE & REPORT (15)
YOU wait years for a film about the comical misadventures of a deluded shopping centre security guard, then two come along almost at the same time.
A little over a month after Kevin James' tomfoolery as Paul Blart: Mall Cop, writer-director Jody Hill traverses similar territory in his eagerly awaited follow-up to the low budget mockumentary, The Foot Fist Way.
The similarities end there because Observe And Report is most definitely not a frothy romp for the entire family.
Humour here is very dark, so black in fact that it ceases to be funny and makes us squirm in our seats.
Date rape, alcoholism, mental illness, xenophobia and drug abuse aren't laughing matters but Hill evidently disagrees.
The film certainly shows a different side to leading man Seth Rogen, who seizes the chance to portray a creepy and sinister anti-hero with limited success.
THE UNINVITED (15)
Hollywood continues to save the planet by recycling successful Asian horror films with this drab English language version of Kim Ji-woon's 2003 supernatural horror, A Tale Of Two Sisters.
Directors Charles and Thomas Guard graduate awkwardly from award-winning shorts to this debut feature, which lingers on the fringes of reality and nightmare.
A climatic sleight of hand is flagged almost from the start and poorly disguised by the Guard brothers.
A suicidal young woman starts seeing visions of her badly burned dead mother who seems to have a message from beyond the grave.
She teams up with her sister to delve further into the background of the new woman in their father’s life who just happened to be their mother’s former nurse.
Neither creepy nor gory enough to keep any brand of horror fan happy.
STAR RATING: **