Thursday, February 4, 2010

Movie Weekend: February 5th, 2010

Well, it's post-Oscar nominations weekend, which means re-releases and expansions of films looking to cash in on their recent exposure. We do have three new releases, however, including two prototypical February dump-offs and a limited release low-budget horror film.

DEAR JOHN (Sony/Screen Gems) [2,969]

This looks like your standard Nicholas Barfs adaptation - pretty faces, beach setting, oxford shirts. While watching the trailer, it dangerously approaches the flashback scenes of G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. If only Sienna Miller showed up to fight Amanda Seyfried.

FROM PARIS WITH LOVE (Lionsgate) [2,722]

The only thing that could be worse than a Pierre Morel action film (Taken) is a Pierre Morel action film starring John Travolta. The goatee, the earring, the bald head, the over-cussing - I can't take it.

FROZEN (Anchor Bay) [106]

This low-budget genre film about a trio of snowboarders stranded on a ski slope, battling the elements, debuted at Sundance about a week-and-a-half ago to mixed response. Genre fans are digging it, Jeff Wells thought it was okay, everyone else is unimpressed.

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