Blades of Glory ( M): Will Ferrell ( Talladega Nights ) and Jon Heder ( Napoleon Dynamite ) are hilarious as the Lycra- clad heroes of this lowbrow iceskating movie. Bad taste is cheerfully accommodated in a family film packed with belly laughs. — David Stratton
Driving Lessons ( M): Rupert Grint, of Harry Potter fame, plays a shy 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.
The Dead Girl ( MA15+): Writer- director Karen Moncrieff’s film consists of five ingeniously interwoven stories, each dealing with a different aspect of the murder of a young woman. The result is an angry and disturbing film with a bitter message, well acted by a cast that includes Toni Collette ( as the discoverer of the victim’s body) and Rose Byrne ( as a forensics examiner whose sister has disappeared). — Evan Williams
Bridge to Terabithia ( PG): A beautiful and greatly moving adaptation of Katherine Paterson’s story about the friendship between two troubled youngsters ( Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb) and their adventures in an imaginary kingdom. More than any other special- effects show, Gabor Csupo’s film never allows its fantasy sequences to distract from the real world. — E. W.
Ocean’s Thirteen ( 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. — D. S.
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: blander, flatter and more prettified. — E. W.
OUR CRITICS AVOID
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer ( PG): The special effects are impressive but the characters and the plotting leave a lot to be desired. This is a superhero franchise that makes no attempt to appeal to grown- ups; it’s strictly for pre- teens, even though themes of terrorism and torture emerge amid all the comic- book fantasy. — D. S.
Nancy Drew ( PG): It seems odd that the Nancy Drew stories, about a teenage detective and which were previously filmed in 1938- 39, should be revived and modernised. This is such an old- fashioned concept that it just doesn’t work in a contemporary setting, though Josh Flitter is fleetingly amusing as the young heroine’s comic sidekick. — D. S.
Forensic: Rose Byrne in The Dead Girl