BIG BUDGET FILMS
"Dear John" (PG-13 for sensuality and violence) Channing Tatum stars in the title role of this bittersweet romance drama about a soldier who comes to regret reenlisting after 9-11 when the high school sweetheart (Amanda Seyfried) who promised to wait for him instead sends him a letter informing him that she's engaged to another guy (Henry Thomas). With Richard Jenkins, Luke Benward and Scott Porter.
"From Paris with Love" (R for graphic violence, pervasive profanity, drug use and brief sexuality) Political potboiler about an American spy (John Travolta) who joins forces with a low-level employee (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) of the U.S. embassy to prevent a terrorist attack in Paris. (In English and French with subtitles)
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
"Ajami" (Unrated) Ethnic tensions abound in this "Crash"-like, slice-of-life ensemble drama examining the deteriorating state of Palestinian-Jewish relations in the ancient, Israeli seacoast city of Jaffa. Cast includes Fouad Habash, Nisrine Haban and Elias Saba. (In Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles)
"District 13: Ultimatum" (R for profanity, violence and drug use) David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli buddy-up for another futuristic adventure featuring action-packed, acrobatic hijinks in an impoverished Parisian 'hood. This installment revolves around the pair's attempt to breakup a heroin ring being protected by corrupt cops and high powered politicians. (In French with subtitles)
"Falling Awake" (R for violence, pervasive profanity and brief sexuality) Romantic musical about an ambitious, young guitarist (Andrew Cisneros) determined to play his way out of his crime-infested Bronx 'hood with the help of his beautiful girlfiend from Brooklyn (Jenna Dewan). With Nestor Serrano, Julie Carmen and Chris "Kazi" Rolle.
"Frozen" (R for profanity and disturbing images) Bone-chilling thriller about three desperate snowboarders (Kevin Zegers, Emma Bell and Shawn Ashmore) facing the specter of frostbite and freezing to death after they're accidentally stranded on a ski lift during frigid weather at a resort that's just closed for a week.
"Terribly Happy" (Unrated) Crime thriller about a Copenhagen cop (Jakob Cedergren) who is reassigned after suffering a nervous breakdown to a small town only to end up at odds with the local bully (Kim Bodnia), a wife beater with a flirtatious wife (Lena Maria Christensen). (In Danish with subtitles)