Gone ( M): An outback thriller in the tradition of Wolf Creek but not as sadistic, this is the work of British television commercial director Ringan Ledwige. Can backpackers Shaun Evans and Amelia Warner trust too- friendly American Scott Mechlowicz? You bet their lives they can’t. — David Stratton
Lucky Miles ( MA15+): Michael James Rowland’s film is a series of comic narratives with a multicultural cast about boatpeople arriving on a remote shore in Western Australia in 1990 and the efforts of a military patrol to track them down. The tone is warm and quirky, the characters are likable and the result is generally appealing despite an awkward narrative structure. — Evan Williams
Evening ( M): Based on Susan Minot’s novel, Lajos Koltai’s film is in that dread category, the superior Hollywood women’s picture, full of refined passions, elegant period detail and tearful moments. Claire Danes stands out in a cast of notables ( Meryl Streep, Toni Collette, Glenn Close and Vanessa Redgrave) as the impulsive heroine in love with the wrong guy in the 1950s. — E. W.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ( M): The fifth Harry Potter film proves to be the least interesting of the series so far. Little- known director David Yates can’t maintain the threatening beauty of the previous two films and a lot of important detail has been eliminated in the transfer from page to screen. However, the film looks as magical as ever and the cast, including Imelda Staunton, is in fine fettle. — D. S.
La Vie en Rose ( M): Olivier Dahan’s lush and vibrant biopic traces the career of French singer Edith Piaf from her childhood in slums and brothels to international stardom. Marie Cotillard plays the adult Piaf with great passion and energy, miming her big songs and making up for much of the film’s disjointed narrative style. — E. W.
Knocked Up ( MA15+): Writerdirector Judd Apatow ( The 40- Year- Old Virgin ) casts a shrewd eye on issues of gender, class and generational difference in this crisp and perceptive Hollywood sex comedy. Shambolic loser Ben Stone ( Seth Rogen) finds himself facing the prospect of fatherhood after a drunken tumble with a beautiful television interviewer ( Katherine Heigl). — E. W. OUR CRITICS AVOID
Premonition ( MA): Suburban housewife Sandra Bullock is told that her husband, Julian McMahon, has been killed in a car accident, but next day he’s alive and well. Director Mennan Yapo unfolds this unlikely story with minimal credibility. — D. S.
Cashback ( MA): A British comedy expanded by writer- director Sean Ellis from his short film. The thin premise has art student- supermarket worker Sean Biggerstaff ogling naked women and brooding over the loss of his girlfriend, unaware that co- worker Emilia Fox is far worthier of his attention. — D. S.
Outback thriller A scene from Gone