Is there some great unslaked popular hankering for a wartime romance along the lines of Casablanca? If so, Allied is unlikely to satisfy it. The movie actually begins in Casablanca, but that’s as far as the resemblance goes. And while the picture recalls the Nazi-infested marital intrigue of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1946 Notorious, it’s probably best not to get your hopes up in that regard either. The story is initially set in French Morocco in 1942, and the production details—the dusty cafés, the chattery cocktail soirées, the roomy suits and sleek satin dresses—are period perfect. But the whole movie feels like an homage, and apart from some effective jabs of action, it plods, writes Kurt Loder.