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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

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