HOTSHOTS

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Film -

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

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