Romulus, My Father ( M): Richard Roxburgh’s heartfelt, moving film of Raimond Gaita’s memoir of his troubled childhood in rural Victoria ( a family riven by madness, suicide and a mother’s promiscuity) never quite captures the anguished depths and reflective power of Gaita’s writing, despite a fine portrayal by Eric Bana of fatherly love and Kodi SmitMcPhee’s unforgettable performance as the boy Raimond. — Evan Williams
The US vs John Lennon ( M): An excellent documentary, made with help from Yoko Ono, about John Lennon’s political activities in America in the ’ 70s, and the attempts by the FBI and the Nixon administration to have him deported. A reminder of what the ’ 70s were like and the role Lennon played in the anti- Vietnam War movement. — David Stratton
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ( M): Not even Johnny Depp’s wonderful Jack Sparrow, Geoffrey Rush’s scheming Barbossa and the technical wizardry of director Gore Verbinski’s special effects team can sustain the third instalment of Disney’s pirate saga. Everything is as grandly spectacular and ingeniously spooky as ever, but a numbing sense of overkill and narrative chaos prevails. — E. W.
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. — D. S.
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. — E. W.
My Best Friend ( M): The new film from Patrice Leconte stars Daniel Auteuil as a successful but antisocial antiques dealer who has to come up with a best friend within 10 days. It’s an elegantly filmed meditation on the nature of friendship, with fine performances from Auteuil and Dany Boon as a friendly stranger. — 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. 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 ’ 70s. Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr as newspapermen and Mark Ruffalo as the police officer heading the investigation are in top form. — D. S.
Falls short: A scene from Romulus, My Father