Cinemas: What’s on this week

Undated Film Still Handout from Rango. Pictured: (l-r) Rango voiced by Johnny Depp and Beans voiced by Isla Fisher. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures UK. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.
Undated Film Still Handout from Rango. Pictured: (l-r) Rango voiced by Johnny Depp and Beans voiced by Isla Fisher. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures UK. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Your guide to the newest films on general release.

The Adjustment Bureau (12A)

Matt Damon plays ambitious New York politician David Norris, who has overcome tragedy in his personal life to lead the charge for the US Senate and The White House. On the eve of an important speech, David meets gifted dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) and the spark of attraction is palpable. The chance encounter proves a turning point in David’s potentially glittering future, leading to a startling revelation: he is not the master of his own destiny. Well-suited gents are silently working behind the scenes, ensuring that every human being keeps to a path that has been designed for them. Unfortunately, every once in a while, blind chance causes a blip, and for David, that blip was meeting Elise. An agent called Harry (Anthony Mackie), who has been assigned to monitor David, feels desperately sorry for the love-struck politician and conspires to help David defy the odds.

Rating: Four stars

Rango (PG)

A lonely chameleon (voiced by Johnny Depp) is stranded in the Mojave Desert, where he meets a desert iguana called Beans (Isla Fisher). She takes him to the town of Dirt, which is on the brink of collapse because the water supply is running dangerously low. Wandering into the saloon, the chameleon re-christens himself Rango and pretends to be a famous gunslinger, who killed several critters with a single bullet. The townsfolk are thrilled to have found themselves a hero and Rango becomes the town sheriff, who must protect the locals from predators including Rattlesnake Jake (Bill Nighy). A mouse called Priscilla (Abigail Breslin) believes that Rango will find water and save the community from extinction.

Rating: Four stars

Unknown (12A)

Dr Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) travels to Berlin with his beautiful wife Elizabeth (January Jones) to attend a biotech conference at the invitation of Professor Bressler (Sebastian Koch). As they arrive at the hotel, Martin realises that he has left a briefcase containing his passport at the airport and he jumps into a taxi to collect it. En route, there is a freak accident and Martin slips into a coma, waking four days later in hospital with fractured memories. Discharging himself from hospital, he races back to the hotel and is delighted to find his wife... except Liz doesn’t recognise him and another man (Aidan Quinn) with the same name is on her arm. Suitably confused, Martin hunts down taxi driver Gina (Diane Kruger), who was involved in the accident. With nowhere else to turn, Martin contacts former Stasi officer Ernst Jurgen (Bruno Ganz) to try to get some answers.

Rating: Three stars

Ironclad (15)

Following the signing of the Magna Carta in the summer of 1215, King John (Paul Giamatti) enlists the services of hulking Danish mercenaries to kill the noblemen who defied him, thereby seizing back the throne. “Any action against the throne must be punished for that is the only way to maintain the absolute power of the throne,” barks King John as defence for the subsequent slaughter. At the behest of Archbishop Langton (Charles Dance), baron William de Albany (Brian Cox) spearheads the rebels at Rochester Castle, flanked by plucky archer Marks (Mackenzie Crook) and templar knights Marshall (James Purefoy) and Beckett (Jason Flemyng). As the King and his Danish marauders prepare to storm the battlements, the castle’s keeper, Reginald de Cornhill (Derek Jacobi), and beautiful ward, Lady Isabel (Kate Mara), prepare for the worst.

Rating: Three stars

West Is West (15)

Fifteen-year-old Sajid Khan (Aqib Khan) is bullied mercilessly and just wants to fit in, rebelling against the dictates of his father, George (Om Puri). In order to make Sajid proud of his identity, George drags the lad to Pakistan to stay with his first wife, Basheera (Ila Arun), and their two daughters, while current wife Ella (Linda Bassett) stays home to run the family business, George’s English Chippy, with best friend Annie (Lesley Nicol). Understandably, the teenager resists his father’s attempts to introduce him to the sights, smells and customs of the Punjab. So George entrusts the boy to Sufi wise man, Pir Naseem (Nadim Sawalha), and the mentor helps Sajid to discover his self-worth. Meanwhile, George attempts to find his older son Maneer (Emil Marwa) a wife and to atone for the sins of the past.

Rating: Three stars