Director: Jim Jarmusch.
Starring: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani. USA 2016. 118 mins..
Jim Jarmusch’s immersive follow-up to Only Lovers Left Alive chronicles a week in the life of Paterson (Driver, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey.
He leads a homespun life that finds comfort in ritual: he rises each day at the same time, goes to work, and then comes home to his creative, adoring wife, Laura (Farahani), whose ever-changing world of new projects and dreams dovetails happily with his. In the broader strokes, each day is the same, differing only in the details – but this regularity is underpinned by Paterson’s passion for poetry, in which he finds refuge for reflection.
A hit at the Cannes Film Festival, Paterson is both a searching study in aloneness and a celebration of the small wonders woven into the fabric of life.
Director: Gareth Edwards. Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn. USA 2016. 134 mins.
Franchise newcomer Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) directs the first of three stand-alone films in the Star Wars Anthology series. Set between the events of Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope, Rogue One follows a band of resistance fighters who unite to steal the plans of the Galactic Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star. Young tearaway Jyn Erso (Jones) joins Rebel officer Cassian Andor (Luna) to lead the daring mission, which must evade the iron fist of Director Orson Krennic (Mendelsohn), an Imperial officer with eyes on becoming the Emperor’s right-hand man. Unlike the original Star Wars trilogy, which provides a black and white view of good and evil, Rogue One sidesteps clear morality – and the Jedi – to explore the grey areas of the galaxy far, far away.