In Bruges ( MA15+): Famed playwright Martin McDonagh’s first feature ( after an Oscar- winning short) is a dialogue- filled thriller with Colin Farrell ( in top form) and Brendan Gleeson as a couple of hit men forced to chill out in the Belgian town of Bruges after a London killing goes wrong. The talk, much of it pretty obscene, ends with Tarantino- like action, but the actors, including Ralph Fiennes, carry the day. — David Stratton
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay ( MA15+): This sequel doesn’t quite match the excellent 2004 comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. It recaptures the premise of two stoned guys on a quest beset by misadventure and gives it a new twist. Harold ( John Cho) and Kumar ( Kal Penn) escape from Gitmo after being mistaken for terrorists and head across the US in an attempt to clear their names. There’s some funny riffing on racial stereotypes and the more absurd elements of the war on terror, but an over- reliance on toilet humour and genitals. — Kerrie Murphy
Welcome to the Sticks ( M): An unprecedented success at the French box office, this amiable, lightweight comedy centres on a post office manager from Provence, well played by Kad Merad, who is assigned a position in chilly northwest France, where the dialect is almost incomprehensible. It’s a hard- totranslate, one- joke film, but actor- director Dany Boon, who plays one of the locals, has fun with the simple premise. — D. S.
Son of Rambow ( PG): A nostalgic film from Garth Jennings, set in southern England in 1982, about a couple of boys from different backgrounds so impressed with First Blood, the original Rambo film, that they set about producing a video remake. A charming idea is let down by awkward handling and a clumsy subplot involving a French exchange student. — D. S.
Not Quite Hollywood ( MA15+): Mark Hartley’s entertaining documentary about Australian exploitation films of the 1970s and ’ 80s is a reminder of an invigorating school of movie- making. Packed with excerpts and interviews, the film doesn’t tell the whole story but it celebrates a larrikin approach with infectious enthusiasm. — D. S.
Son of a Lion ( PG): A wonderfully confident and touching first feature from Sydney- based writer- director Benjamin Gilmour, shot at some risk to himself and his Pakistani cast in the country’s tribal regions. Should 10- yearold Niaz ( Niaz Khan Shinwari) go to school, as he longs to do, or be made to work in his father’s gun- making business? A simple story, rich in insights into Muslim life and values. — Evan Williams
Bonneville ( PG): This disappointing road movie follows three women driving to California in a vintage convertible. There is a great cast — Jessica Lange as newly widowed Arvilla, with Joan Allen and Kathy Bates as her friends and Christine Baranski as her brittle stepdaughter — but few surprises amid the clunky dialogue. — K. M.
Hits the target: Colin Farrell in In Bruges