Paterson (15)

three stars

Dir: Jim Jarmusch

With: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani

Runtime: 118 minutes

AFTER dabbling in the exoticism of vampires in Only Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch displays his talent and range by going to the other extreme with this one-week-in-the-life tale of a New Jersey bus driver. Paterson (Adam Driver) is an ex-soldier living in the town of Paterson who wakes up each day with his kooky girlfriend (Golshifteh Farahani), goes to work, writes poetry, walks the dog, all the stuff of everyday life, apart from the poetry maybe. While nothing really happens, such is the strength of the performances, and the sweet, lowdown vibe Jarmusch creates, Paterson makes for delightful company.

Alison Rowat

Allied (12A)

two stars

Dir: Robert Zemeckis

With: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard

Runtime: 124mins

BRAD Pitt and Marion Cotillard struggle to generate much chemistry in Robert Zemeckis’s hopelessly old fashioned WWII romantic espionage drama. The duo play spies who team up for an assassination in Casablanca, only to fall in love in the process. But when Cotillard’s Marianne is accused of being a traitor, Pitt’s Max must prove her innocence or kill her himself. Early on, Zemeckis attempts to invoke the spirit of Bogart and Bacall for the Casablanca sequences, while then relying on Steven (Peaky Blinders) Knight’s script to raise the stakes in Blitz-hit London. But that lack of chemistry undermines everything, while the last act reveal weakens the film’s impact film still further, making it feel like a woman’s tale frustratingly told from a man’s perspective.

Roberto Carnevale