The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian ( M): The second of the seven- part series of books by C. S. Lewis to be brought to the screen after the success of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2005, this continuation of the saga of the four Pevensie children ( who, like Harry Potter and his friends, are growing up fast) in the parallel world of Narnia is pretty much the same mixture as before. There’s a formidable villain in a dashing usurper king ( Sergio Castellitto) and a handsome hero in Prince Caspian ( Ben Barnes), as well as talking animals, savage scenery and spectacular battle scenes. — David Stratton
Sex and the City ( MA15+): A long- winded adaptation of the television series about the sexual adventures of four New York women, directed by Michael Patrick King, one of the creators of the original show. Sarah Jessica Parker leads a familiar cast, but in 21/ hours of strident
2 exuberance, raunchy banter and shameless product placement there’s barely a witty line. — Evan Williams
Shine a Light ( M): Martin Scorsese filmed two Rolling Stones concerts in New York in 2006 and intercut his live footage with newsreel clips and interviews with the ageing rockers to fashion this remarkable documentary tribute. The result breaks no new ground, yet offers a thrilling insight into the workings of the band. — E. W.
The Orphanage ( El Orfanato) ( MA): A genuinely spooky Spanish ghost movie that transcends the genre by exploring themes of grief and guilt and evokes the spirit of Peter Pan in its story about lost children. Leading a strong cast, Belen Rueda gives a fine performance as a distraught mother, and director Juan Antonio Bayona brings freshness to the familiar material. — D. S.
The Flight of the Red Balloon ( M): This delicate and touching film from France, directed by Hou Hsiao Hsien, explores the day- to- day anxieties of a single mother ( Juliette Binoche) and her small, lonely son. Based on Albert Lamorisse’s classic short film about a boy followed through the streets of Paris by a magical red balloon, it achieves its power with long takes, improvised dialogue and naturalistic performances. — E. W.
Leatherheads ( PG): George Clooney’s third film as director is a return to the style of the screwball comedies of the 1930s. The plot has to do with the evolution of professional football into big business, but at its heart it’s a witty love story involving Clooney, John Krasinski and Renee Zellweger. — D. S.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ( M): Steven Spielberg gets the balance between action and nostalgia right in this fourth instalment of the Indiana Jones saga, set during the Cold War, with Indy and Soviet agents in a quest for an ancient relic with psychic powers. Harrison Ford gives a wonderfully athletic performance, aided by Karen Allen ( Raiders of the Lost Ark ) and Cate Blanchett. — E. W.
Continues the saga: Prince Caspian