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Emma Bell stars in Anchor Bay Entertainment’s “Frozen.”
A number of new movie releases will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

Dear John

Genre: Drama, romance and adaptation
Cast: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Richard Jenkins, Henry Thomas and D.J. Cotrona
Director: Lasse Hallström
Rated: PG-13

Directed by Lasse Hallström and based on the novel by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks, “Dear John” tells the story of John Tyree (Channing Tatum), a young soldier home on leave, and Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), the idealistic college student he falls in love with during her spring vacation.

Over the next seven tumultuous years, the couple is separated by John’s increasingly dangerous deployments. While meeting only sporadically, they stay in touch by sending a continuous stream of love letters overseas – correspondence that eventually triggers fateful consequences.

From Paris with Love

Genre: Action, adventure and thriller
Cast: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kasia Smutniak, Richard Durden and Eric Godon
Director: Pierre Morel
Rated: R

A personal aide to the U.S. Ambassador in France, James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) has an enviable life in Paris and a beautiful French girlfriend, but his real passion is his side job as a low-level operative for the CIA. All James wants is to become a bona fide agent and see some real action. So when he’s offered his first senior-level assignment, he can’t believe his good luck – until he meets his new partner, special agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta). A trigger-happy, wisecracking, loose cannon who’s been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack, Wax leads James on a white-knuckle shooting spree through the Parisian underworld that has James praying for his desk job.

But when James discovers he’s a target of the same crime ring they’re trying to bust, he realizes there’s no turning back … and that Wax himself might be his only hope for making it through the next 48 hours alive.

The following will open in limited release.

District 13: Ultimatum

Genre: Action, adventure, science fiction and foreign
Cast: Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Philippe Torreton, Daniel Duval and MC Jean Gab’l
Director: Patrick Alessandrin
Rated: R

Two years have passed since elite police officer Damien Tomasso (Cyril

Raffaelli) teamed up with reformed vigilante Leito (parkour originator David Belle) to save the notorious District 13, a racially charged ghetto populated by violent drug dealing gangs and vicious killers.

Despite government promises to maintain order, the state of the district has deteriorated, and a group of corrupt cops and elected officials are conspiring to cause civil unrest in D13, looking for an excuse to raze the area and cash in on its redevelopment. Now Damian and Leito must join forces again, and use their mastery of martial arts and their unique physical skills to bring peace to the neighborhood by any means necessary … before a proposed nuclear air-strike wipes it off the map. With bone crunching fights and death defying leaps, this adrenaline charged sequel takes the groundbreaking parkour action from “District B13” to thrilling new heights.

Frozen

Genre: Drama and thriller
Cast: Kevin Zegers, Shawn Ashmore and Emma Bell
Director: Adam Green
Rated: R

A typical day on the slopes turns into a chilling nightmare for three snowboarders when they get stranded on the chairlift before their last run. As the ski patrol switches off the night lights, they realize with growing panic that they’ve been left behind dangling high off the ground with no way down.

With the resort closed until the following weekend and frostbite and hypothermia already setting in, the trio is forced to take desperate measures to escape off the mountain before they freeze to death. Once they make their move, they discover with horror that they have much more to fear than just the frigid cold. As they combat unexpected obstacles, they start to question if their will to survive is strong enough to overcome the worst ways to die.

Red Riding – 1974

Genre: Foreign, crime drama and adaptation
Cast: Sean Bean, Rebecca Hall, Peter Mullan, Mark Addy and Warren Clarke
Director: Julian Jarrold
Not rated

Sure to be one of the cinematic events of the year, “Red Riding” is a mesmerizing neo-noir epic based on factual events and adapted for the screen by Tony Grisoni from David Peace’s electrifying series of novels.

An official selection of the Telluride, New York, Chicago and AFI Festivals, and acclaimed by critics an eminent accomplishment, the trilogy follows several characters in intertwining storylines united by the horror wrought by the Yorkshire Ripper, a serial killer who terrorized northwest England in the 1970s and ’80s.

“Red Riding – 1974,” directed by Julian Jarrold, centers on a rookie journalist, Eddie Dunford (Andrew Garfield), whose investigation of a series of child abductions and murders leads him to suspect that there’s a terrifying connection between the perpetrators and the upper echelons of Yorkshire power.

Red Riding – 1980

Genre: Foreign, crime drama and adaptation
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Warren Clarke, Peter Mullan, Jim Carter and Paddy Considine
Director: James Marsh

“Red Riding – 1980,” directed by James Marsh, finds the police and the public still baffled that the “Ripper” remains at large and may have inspired a copycat killer. A veteran police officer, Peter Hunter (Paddy Considine), is called in from Manchester to take over the investigation, but his new theories about the case only incite growing opposition to his involvement.

Red Riding – 1983

Genre: Foreign, crime drama and adaptation
Cast: Mark Addy, Sean Bean, Peter Mullan, Warren Clarke and Andrew Garfield
Director: Anand Tucker

“Red Riding – 1983,” directed by Anand Tucker, starts with the kidnapping of another young girl.

Detective Maurice Jobson (David Morrissey) notices a number of powerful similarities to the abduction cases he had investigated back in the ’70s – and for which a man was convicted and sentenced. Meanwhile, a reluctant local solicitor, John Piggott (Mark Addy), decides to take up the condemned man’s cause.
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