Into Great Silence ( G): Philip Groning’s daunting documentary of nearly three hours takes us inside the walls of the Great Charterhouse, a monastery in the French Alps where the monks have taken a vow of silence. The camera mutely observes these dedicated men and the result is quietly seductive, though it’s hard to escape the impression that these are wasted lives. — David Stratton
Infamous ( MA15+): The second film in less than a year about Truman Capote’s relationship with two homicidal drifters whose crimes inspired his book In Cold Blood . Toby Jones gives a creepily convincing impersonation of the writer, but Douglas McGrath’s film spends too much time evoking Manhattan’s social scene and re- creating the graphic horror of the crime. — Evan Williams
My Best Friend ( M): The new film from Patrice Leconte stars Daniel Auteuil as a successful antique dealer who realises he is friendless. To win a bet, he has to come up with a best friend within 10 days. It’s an elegantly filmed meditation on the nature of friendship, featuring fine performances from Auteuil and Dany Boon as the gregarious stranger who befriends him. — D. S.
Breach ( M): A superb thriller from director Billy Ray ( Shattered Glass ) about US efforts to trap a high- level spy working in the FBI, who for 22 years passed secrets to the Russians. Rich in human pathos and moral subtleties, with excellent performances from Chris Cooper and Ryan Phillippe. — E. W.
Zodiac ( MA15+): David Fincher has made a fine, gripping drama about the investigation into a serial killer who terrorised San Francisco in the 1970s. Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr as newspapermen and Mark Ruffalo as the police officer heading the investigation are in top form. — D. S.
28 Weeks Later ( MA15+): This sequel to Danny Boyle’s 2002 horror film 28 Days Later concentrates on a family of survivors ( including Robert Carlyle) who have escaped the virus turning most of Britain’s population into mutant flesh- eaters. Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s film is more impressionistic than its predecessor, but marred by frantic editing and a chaotic narrative. — E. W.
Deliver Us From Evil ( MA15+): A documentary about a pedophile priest who abused children over a 10- year period in California and whose crimes were covered up by church authorities. Amy Berg’s riveting film has interviews with the victims, their families and, remarkably, with the predator himself. A film that poses many questions. — D. S.
The Page Turner ( PG): This subtle suspense film is about an unconventional avenger and her victim. Deborah Francois ( most recently seen in a very different role in L’Enfant ) makes a strong impression as the young woman who bears a grudge against her employer. A psychological drama of some distinction. — D. S.
Quietly seductive: Into Great Silence