Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (12A) 168min (unable to review at time of going to press) The third and final part of this high seas franchise, initially based on a Walt Disney theme park ride, has arrived. Shiver me timbers, old Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) has survived being swallowed by a giant squid. The trouble is, he’s gone ‘off map’. He must navigate treachery and betrayal and prepare for one last decisive battle. Let’s hope that Gore Verbinski and writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio who have been at the helm of this ship since it launched in 2003 can pull off a crest-riding finale. See Big Picture, page 9. General release from Thu 24 May.
Jindabyne (15) 124min (4 Stars) Feted slow working Australian filmmaker Ray Lawrence unleashes his third film in 20 years - and it’s a beauty mate! Based on Raymond Carver’s short story, So Much Water So Close To Home, this fascinating, emotionally truthful drama about how one particularly eventful boy’s bush fishing trip brings on the complete erosion of Claire (Laura Linney) and Stewart’s (Gabriel Byrne) already troubled marriage. If you know Lawrence’s previous work - Lantana and Bliss (a Peter Carey adaptation) you will know that no living filmmaker uses his actors better to convey ennui and incompatibility. Recommended. Selected release from Fri 25 May.
Mutual Appreciation (15) 108min (4 Stars) The spirit of John Cassavetes and Jim Jarmusch runs through this delightful low budget film about burgeoning musician Alan (Justin Rice) and his messily awkward romantic adventures in New York. Andrew Funny Ha Ha Bujalski wrote and directed this painfully honest black and white comedy. He is definitely a talent to watch. GFT, Glasgow, Fri 25-Thu 31 May.