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Attack the Block; Arthur; Cedar Rapids; Win Win; Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules

Horror comedy is a notoriously difficult genre to crack and anyone coming to British film-maker Joe Cornish's ambitious first feature, Attack the Block (2011, Optimum, 15), expecting either belly laughs or shrieky scares is likely to be disappointed. Despite Edgar Wright's crucial role in getting this made, tagging the film "from the producers of Shaun of the Dead" probably does it few favours in terms of audience expectations, forcing an unfortunate comparison with the superior Pegg and Frost hit.

Yet for all its flaws, there's still plenty to admire in this ballsy tale of extraterrestrials crash-landing on Earth and finding themselves no match for the kids from a housing estate. Having lost one of their number on the mean streets of London, the space invaders mount a rescue party, laying siege to a tower »

- Mark Kermode

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