Lions for Lambs ( M): Robert Redford directed and stars in this attack on US foreign policy, with Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise. Overwritten, polemical and dull. — David Stratton
Conversations with My Gardener ( M): Very moving film explores the friendship between a French artist ( Daniel Auteuil) and the plain, honest fellow ( Jean- Pierre Darroussin) who looks after his garden and subtly alters his approach to life. — E. W.
Rogue ( M): Well- crafted thriller from director Greg Mclean about a boatload of tourists menaced by a giant crocodile. Less frightening than Mclean’s Wolf Creek , its shocks are fairly predictable. Radha Mitchell is a plucky tour guide. — Evan Williams
30 Days of Night ( MA15+): Plenty of chills and thrills in this vampire movie, with Josh Hartnett and Melissa George as the threatened good guys and an unrecognisable Danny Huston as the creepy chief vampire. — D. S.
An Old Mistress ( R18+): Catherine Breillat’s first costume drama, based on a 19th- century novel, about a mistress who refuses to be rejected when her lover takes a wife. Sexy and elegant. — D. S.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford ( MA15+): Despite some fine acting ( from Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck) and a story that never loses its tragic grandeur, Andrew Dominik’s moody western is longwinded and pretentious. — E. W.
Across the Universe ( M): Julie Taymor’s spectacular Beatles musical tells the story of star- crossed lovers Jude ( Jim Sturgess) and Lucy ( Evan Rachel Wood). The songs are lovingly, excitingly reinvented. — D. S.
Death Proof ( MA15+): Kurt Russell is a maniacal killer who targets female drivers in Quentin Tarantino’s recreation of 1970s exploitation films. Features a great car chase. — D. S.
Eastern Promises ( R18+): David Cronenberg’s film about Russian gangs in London and the accidental involvement of a young midwife ( Naomi Watts) in a world of sex slavery. Powerful. — D. S.
A Mighty Heart ( M): Michael Winterbottom’s vivid film about the killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002. As Pearl’s wife, Angelina Jolie gives a powerfully restrained performance. — D. S.
Michael Clayton ( MA15+): Fine thriller with George Clooney as a lawyer involved in a case involving a big agrichemical company. — D. S.
Death at a Funeral ( M): A funeral is disrupted by the delivery of the wrong body in the funniest film in a while. — D. S.
When it comes to the crunch: Rogue