Bridge to Terabithia ( PG): A beautiful and greatly moving adaptation of Katherine Paterson’s story about the friendship of two troubled youngsters ( Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb) and their adventures in an imaginary kingdom. More than just another empty special- effects extravaganza, Gabor Csupo’s film never allows its fantasy sequences to distract us from the joys and anguish of the real world. — Evan Williams
( PG): George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and the rest are back in Steven Soderbergh’s effortlessly smooth caper movie. This time their target is a lavish Las Vegas casino run by egomaniacal Al Pacino — a highly satisfactory villain — and the formula, which is easy to take, is served up with the usual professional gloss. — David Stratton
Driving Lessons Grint, of 17- year- old who falls under the spell of ageing actor Julie Walters in this autobiographical comedy from Jeremy Brock. The film is uneven, though Walters has some wonderful moments. Laura Linney is miscast as the mother and Grint is awkward at times. — D. S.
( M): Rupert fame, plays a shy
Shrek the Third
( PG): Our favourite green ogre is reluctant to take the throne of Far Far Away and persuades Princess Fiona’s shy cousin to groom himself for the job. Despite some progress with animation technology, the film is a disappointment, lacking the crisp, satirical bite of its predecessors, with everything blander, flatter, more prettified. — E. W.
A Crude Awakening: The Oil
( G): A doomsday documentary that confirms what most of us already know: our reliance on oil is not only leading us to depend on some undependable regimes but is also threatening the future of the planet. Another inconvenient truth for those who are open to a cinematic lecture. — D. S.
Romulus, My Father
( M): Richard Roxburgh’s heartfelt, moving film of Raimond Gaita’s memoir of his troubled childhood in rural Victoria never quite captures the reflective power of the book, despite a fine portrayal of Gaita’s father by Eric Bana and Kodi Smit- McPhee’s firstrate performance as the boy Rai. — E. W.
The US vs John Lennon
( M): An excellent documentary, made with help from Yoko Ono, about John Lennon’s political activities in the US in the 1970s and 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. — D. S.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
( M): Not even Johnny Depp’s wonderful Jack Sparrow, Geoffrey Rush’s scheming Barbossa and the wizardry of director Gore Verbinski’s special effects team can sustain the third instalment of Disney’s pirate saga. As spectacular and spooky as ever, but a numbing sense of overkill prevails. — E. W.
Fantastic: Bridge to Terabithia