Waltz with Bashir ( MA15+): An animated anti- war film by Israeli director Ari Folman inspired by first- hand memories of the horrific invasion of Lebanon by Israeli forces in 1982 and the subsequent massacre of women, children and the elderly in two Palestinian refugee camps. The powerful images provide a potent reminder of the ease with which morality takes second place in the stress of battle. Grim, but in many ways an unforgettable film. — David Stratton
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor ( M): In the third film in the series, Rick O’Connell ( Brendan Fraser) and wife Evelyn ( Maria Bello, replacing Rachel Weisz) head to China, where their son Alex ( Home and Away actor Luke Ford) has inadvertently awakened the ancient Emperor Han ( Jet Li). A passable story, with some fun computer effects, but the film doesn’t deliver the wit and humour of its predecessor and for most of it, Li’s martial arts talents are wasted. — Kerrie Murphy
Funny Games ( MA15+): An unnecessary remake by Austrian director Michael Haneke of his 1997 film of the same title, this time set in the US and starring Naomi Watts and Tim Roth, who are good as a well- to- do couple terrorised by a couple of creepy strangers. Haneke’s attempts to deconstruct the typical Hollywood suspense thriller worked better the first time. — D. S.
In Bruges ( MA15+): Playwright Martin McDonagh’s first feature is a dialogue- filled thriller with Colin Farrell ( in top form) and Brendan Gleeson as hit men forced to chill out in the Belgian town of Bruges after a London killing goes wrong. The talk, much of it obscene, ends with Tarantino- like action, but the actors carry the day. — D. S.
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 as 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. — K. M.
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 remote position, where the dialect is almost incomprehensible. It’s a one- joke film, but director Dany Boon has fun with the premise. — D. S. Our critics avoid
Make It Happen ( PG): Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Lauryn, who leaves her small- town home to pursue her dance dream in Chicago. Rejected from a notable school, she ends up working at the world’s most chaste burlesque club, where she finds friends and love. Hitting every dance movie cliche, the film wants to be Flashdance or even Striptease, but is not cheesy enough. — K. M.
Powerful: A scene from Waltz with Bashir