This week there are only two main releases, each of which offers its own slice of abandon:

Shutter Island
Martin Scorsese grabs Leonardo DiCaprio once again, but this time it's for thrills written by Mystic River scribe Dennis Lehane. Leo plays a World War II vet who descends upon Shutter Island with his new partner (Mark Ruffalo) to investigate the disappearance of a woman who murdered her three kids (Emily Mortimer). John Gholson wrote in his review: "While I wouldn't describe Shutter Island as a 'fun' movie, its B-movie roots show through with obvious abandon. Everything exists in a heightened reality here. ... Shutter Island, despite all of its flaws, is not a career misstep for the director, just a bit of a sidestep. I have no doubts that Scorsese made exactly the film he wanted to make, with all its corkscrew logic and earnest intensity, but it's missing a bit of the visceral punch we're used to from a Scorcese work." If you're into Scorsese letting loose, Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.

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From Paris with Love
Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays a low-level CIA op living it up in Paris, who is eager for meatier work, until he's given a big assignment and a partner in John Travolta. In the usual buddy storyline, he's none too pleased with the pairing until circumstances change. Eric D. Snider dug the film, stating: "But the crazy guy/normal guy partnership isn't even close to being the main idea. The main idea is well-shot, flamboyantly acted scenes of mayhem and violence. It's funny, a lot of it, but the movie isn't parodying old-school action-movie excesses. It's wallowing in them, with great enthusiasm. It's a movie that knows what it is, and it does a pretty good job of being it." Nevertheless, this one didn't grab widespread love, so Rent it and see for yourself on DVD or Blu-ray.

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