WALL- E ( G): A charming animated feature from the Disney- Pixar studios about a hardworking robot left behind to clean up the mess after the Earth is abandoned by humans in 2110. Writer- director Andrew Stanton brings an eerie beauty and an air of wistful melancholy to this delightful fable, which has many dark messages about greed and pollution in an age of rampant materialism. — Evan Williams
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging ( PG): Gurinder Chadha ( Bend It Like Beckham ) has adapted the first two of nine books by Louise Rennison about 14- year- old Georgia ( Georgia Groome), a plain Jane who hates being an in- between. The film explores, with a great deal of humour, the world of Georgia’s friends and rivals and her uncomprehending parents, where the decision to wear oldfashioned knickers or a G- string is of paramount importance. — David Stratton
The Tender Hook ( M): Set in Sydney in the 1920s ( and shot mainly in Melbourne), Jonathan Ogilvie’s film concerns a crooked boxing promoter ( Hugo Weaving) whose girlfriend ( Rose Byrne) falls for a handsome fighter. Despite pleasing historical detail and a hypnotically unpleasant performance from Weaving, the narrative feels mannered and sluggish, and this intriguing experiment in period drama never quite comes off. — E. W.
Caramel ( M): The lives of women, some Muslim, some Christian, who work in a Beirut hairdressing salon are explored in this witty and wise drama, which is a considerable achievement for director and leading actor Nadine Labaki. A kind of Lebanese Sex and the City but infinitely better, this film offers real insights into the lives of women in this part of the Middle East. — D. S.
Waltz with Bashir ( MA15+): An animated anti- war film by Israeli director Ari Folman inspired by 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 images provide a potent reminder of the ease with which morality takes second place in the stress of battle. — D. S.
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 lacking the humour of its predecessors. Li’s martial arts talents are wasted. — Kerrie Murphy 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 top dance school, she ends up working at the world’s most chaste burlesque club. The film wants to be Flashdance but is not cheesy enough. — K. M.
Delightful: A scene from WALL- E