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MR & MRS SMITH (15)
LL publicity is good publicity, or so the saying goes. The media-fuelled speculation over Angelina Jolie's possible romantic involvement with Brad Pitt will no doubt ignite interest in Mr & Mrs Smith and add a generous few million to the box office takings.
Cynics might suggest it's all a carefully orchestrated publicity stunt.
Whatever the truth of the matter, Doug Liman's comedy-thriller, which is pitched as 'The War Of The Roses meets True Lies', delivers a breathtaking blitzkrieg of explosive action and pithy oneliners.
John Smith (Pitt) and his wife Jane (Jolie) have been married for 'five or six years' and are now stuck in a lifeless suburban rut.
Every morning they go off to work, return home to eat dinner at 7pm on the dot, exchange a few pleasantries ('I bought new curtains!'), then retire to bedIn desperation, the couple head for marriage guidance.
Talking through their problems, the Smiths hope to rediscover the spark which brought them together in Bogota.
And excitement is certainly what they get when John and Jane learn they have been keeping secrets from each other.
More specifically, one very big secret: they are assassins-for-hire for rival organisations, highly skilled in firearms, deception and subterfuge.
To make matters worse (as if the sham marriage wasn't bad enough), John and Jane are contracted to kill each other.
Suddenly their heartfelt vow to love 'until death us do part' seems spookily pertinent. …