Of Time and the City ( M): Terence Davies’s elegiac semidocumentary explores his love-hate relationship with his home city, Liverpool, from which he now feels alienated. This strangely beautiful and personal film consists of archival material, poetry readings, music of various kinds and the director’s thoughts on the things that matter to him. A haunting experience from the director of Distant Voices, Still Lives . — David Stratton
Love the Beast ( M): Eric Bana shares his love of motor racing in this engaging documentary about his favourite car, a 1974 Falcon coupe. While the film never really surprises us, Bana directs with an affectionate eye for the minutiae of an innocent obsession that will charm like-minded fans. — Evan Williams
Appaloosa ( M): Ed Harris directs this enjoyably traditional western, and co-stars with Viggo Mortensen as a gunfighter hired to clean up a town threatened by rancher Jeremy Irons. Renee Zellweger is the film’s wild card, her character taking the narrative in unexpected directions. There are tributes to classics such as Rio Bravo and Warlock , and fine wide-screen photography by Dean Semler. — D. S.
( MA15+): Violent and incoherent comic-strip adventure set in an alternative 1985 and directed by Zack Snyder from a graphic novel that charts the internal feuds and psychopathic vendettas of a group of superheroes. Odd flashes of imagination are drowned in stylistic overkill and a strange air of pretentiousness. With Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson and Jackie Earle Haley. — E. W.
Enjoyable: A scene from Appaloosa
( G): For all its whimsical excesses, this strange film from New Zealand is a charming celebration of English eccentricity, set in Edwardian London and involving dogs, rare wines, spiritualism and other ingredients. Lovely performances from Sam Neill and Peter O’Toole. — E. W.
( M): A mustsee Australian film, directed by David Field and written by its leading man, George Basha, who plays a Lebanese-Australian determined to stop his brother from becoming a criminal. Set against the race riots in Sydney’s Cronulla, this is a powerfully authentic drama. — D. S.
( M): Oliver Stone’s film about George W. Bush, part biopic and part political narrative, is a pungent, absorbing and surprisingly sympathetic portrait, laying much of the blame for his spectacular misfortunes on a troubled relationship with his father. Josh Brolin, as Bush, gives us a compelling study of a likable but inadequate man. — E. W.
( PG): A very modest romance, set in London, between two lonely people, an American ( Dustin Hoffman) and an Englishwoman ( Emma Thompson). A low-key, familiar love story that is elevated by the skills of two fine actors in top form. — D. S.