"The Ghost Writer" is flat. Bonneville Salt Flats FLAT. Good cast, decent performances, well constructed plot, but nothing to really engage my emotions. A former Prime Minister of England may have been involved in war crimes against FOUR people. The CIA may have killed a civilian. This isn't exciting, this is stuff that the press only notices on a slow news day. This MIGHT have been an exciting plot in 1950, and it might have worked in 2010 if the writers didn't expect the audience to be outraged by such things. But the movie hung on achieving audience outrage, and anyone who is awake is pretty much beyond outrage about this stuff.
"Date Night" is a solid, CLEVER comedy, which is pretty much what you would expect, given the stars. Steve Carell and Tina Fey may be the only current comedians I actually LIKE on a consistent basis, and seeing them work together is a treat.