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From Paris with Love

John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kasia Smutniak| R |

REVIEWED BY OLIVER JONES

ACTION

Few deliver four-letter words with more pizzazz than Travolta. He rifles off a slew of them in this over-the-top action romp—that is, when he’s not snapping necks, tossing guys down stairwells and blowing away baddies with an oversize handgun nicknamed Mrs. Jones. The plot, concerning Travolta’s renegade soldier of fortune teaming with Rhys Meyers’ inexperienced intelligence operative to foil terrorists, is both absurd and unabashedly un-PC. Still, the film itself is mostly a lot of fun, thanks to Travolta. Firing off juicy lines with relish and looking more than credible in the cartoonish action sequences, he seems like he is having a blast, and his enthusiasm helps sell this testosterone-soaked trifle. It’s also great to see the underbelly of Europe’s most-beloved metropolis: The City of Light has never looked so deliciously grimy.

When in Rome

Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Anjelica Huston PG-13 |

REVIEWED BY CHARLOTTE TRIGGS

ROMANTIC COMEDY

There’s plenty that’s less than believable about this tale of Beth (Bell), a workaholic New Yorker who falls for a guest (Duhamel) at her sister’s Roman wedding. Most of it is fun fantasy—especially the magic spell she accidentally casts on five men that has them chasing her around New York City in desperate attempts to win her love. Not so magical? The severe lack of chemistry between the two leads.