Canadian intelligence officer Brad Pitt and French Resistance fighter Marion Cotillard meet up in Casablanca in a Second World War romance teasing with its Bogey and Bergman resonances. Except this time the heroine might be a Nazi spy. Robert Zemeckis directs with a firm grip on his star names and his big budget – it costs more than a hill of beans to make things look this good.
In the late 1940s an African prince fell in love with a white British woman and took her back with him to pre-independence Botswana to be his queen. David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike star in this follow-up to Belle by director Amma Asante, who clothes an in-depth look at race in the fabric of the lavish period drama.
Jim Jarmusch follows up a brilliant vampire movie (Only Lovers Left Alive) and a punchy Iggy and the Stooges doc (Gimme Danger) with yet another change of gear, a dry, spare portrait of a bus driver (Adam Driver), beneath whose humdrum exterior thrives a powerful poetic spirit. Soulful, remarkable and Jarmusch’s best film in years.
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