Dear John
directed by Lasse Hallström
Dear John is based on the book written by Nicholas Sparks; Sparks also wrote the original novels that became Nights in Rodanthe, A Walk to Remember and the ever-popular romantic drama The Notebook. Dear John stars Channing Tatum as a soldier who meets Amanda Seyfried’s character on leave, only to reenlist in the wake of the September 11th attacks. Dear John looks like a good date movie, though perhaps not something you’d want to see if you’re not into romantic tearjerkers. For those who prefer action and adventure to emotional farewells, The Wolfman, starring Benicio del Toro, comes out next week, February 12—that might be a better bet.

From Paris with Love
directed by Pierre Morel
Pierre Morel directed 2008’s Liam Neeson you-abducted-my-daughter-and-now-you-must-die thriller Taken. As full as that movie was of over-the-top action sequences and ridiculous dialogue, it looks like From Paris With Love just might be its match in terms of sheer craziness. It stars John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as an unlikely duo trying to stop a terrorist attack in Paris. Really, an ill-matched pair of government agents trying to fight crime? Who saw that plot convention coming?

directed by Adam Green
The trailer for Frozen promises that it will do for skiing what Jaws did for swimming, and while that is a tall order, Frozen does look more than a little frightening. In the movie, three snowboarders are trapped on a chairlift… then they realize the ski resort won’t be open for another week. Yikes. When I first heard about this movie I honestly thought it sounded a bit silly (‘A horror movie about a chairlift? Did writer-director Adam Green run out of other ideas?’), but after having seen the trailer it’s looking more and more like Frozen will be really terrifying.