A nice selection this week, including some top-notch TV shows and one of the biggest blockbusters of the decade.
Homeland (TV) - A US Marine, returning home after being a captive in Iraq, only for a CIA agent to suspect him of being an al-Qaeda mole. Decent political thriller that does a good job of keeping it's viewers hooked on the edge of their seats thanks to it's impressive performances by the main cast.
American Horror Story (TV) - An anthology of mini-series that provide an eclectic mix of old-school horror tropes with more modern takes on the genre. AHS falls into that category of entertainment that you will either love or you will hate, throwing its viewers around for an often bizarre ride filled with many WTF moments and plot defining twists.
The Returned (TV) - A small mountain town find themselves at the centre of strange and wonderful phenomenon following the return of the recently dead, who continue life as though nothing had happened. Very atmospheric French chiller that does a good job at bringing a fresh take to the 'zombie' genre, while adding it's own spin on the Twin Peaks mythos.
Uwantme2killhim? - A detective finds herself caught up in the seedy underbelly of online chatrooms when she is put in charge of a case involving a boy stabbing his best friend. The acting is very good, especially considering the age of the younger actors, however the story, while trying to hype up the dangers of online socialisation, doesn't always manage to keep it's footing resulting in a well-meant but overall underwhelming film.
Cinema Paradiso - A young boy, with a fondness for the movies, befriends the local film projectionist who opens his eyes to the wonders of chasing your dreams. It's not hard to see why this movie is a favourite of film-lovers everywhere as it manages to capture the wonders of film through a child's eyes and yet finds a way to grab an emotional hold on all who watch it.
Avengers Assemble (AKA Marvel's The Avengers) - Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk and Thor must put aside their differences and work together to fend off an alien threat led by Thor's brother Loki. The entire Marvel film line-up has been building to this one outing and it doesn't fail to disappoint, offering exactly what we want from a mega-hero movie - laughs, action and bickering among the lead characters.