Clubland ( M): Brenda Blethyn plays a possessive mother and failed club entertainer in this engaging comedydrama. But the focus of attention falls on Khan Chittenden as her shy, withdrawn son and the much more forceful young woman ( Emma Booth) who falls in love with him. A feelgood movie with sharply etched characters. — David Stratton
Transformers ( M): Michael Bay has delivered the year’s noisiest and silliest blockbuster, in which aliens disguised as vehicles transform into killing machines. Spectacular orgies of destruction replace plot, but the film is partly redeemed by its boofish humour and Shia LaBeouf’s amiable car- crazy teenager. — Evan Williams
Four Minutes ( Vier Minuten) ( MA15+): Superb performances from veteran Monica Bleibtreu and newcomer Hannah Herzsprung illuminate this grim prison drama about an elderly music teacher and a gifted but violent young prisoner. A downbeat film from German director Chris Kraus. — D. S.
Blades of Glory ( M): Will Ferrell ( Talladega Nights ) and Jon Heder ( Napoleon Dynamite ) are hilarious as the Lycra- clad heroes of this lowbrow icedancing movie. Bad taste is cheerfully accommodated in a family film packed with belly laughs. — D. S.
The Dead Girl ( MA15+): Writer- director Karen Moncrieff’s film consists of five ingeniously interwoven stories, each set around 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 and Rose Byrne. — E. W.
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. Gabor Csupo’s film never allows its fantasy sequences to distract from the acting. — 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. The formula is served up with the usual professional gloss. — D. S.
Feelgood film: A scene from Clubland