Dear John
Lasse Halstrom brings us another Nicholas Sparks romance. Channing Tatum is a soldier on leave who falls for a college student (Amanda Seyfried). They meet, they love, and then spend the next seven years meeting only briefly in between deployments and sending a long sea of love letters. William Goss gave the film a favorable review, noting that it's not "nearly as saccharine or heavy-handed as any movie about autism, cancer and a love divided by duty inherently threatens to be. In fact, in director Lasse Hallstrom's hands, the material comes off with some measure of grace and restraint, as do the performances of Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, and it's all enough to have even us certain cynics rooting for their eventual reunion." Rent it on DVD or Blu-ray.

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The Road
The apocalypse has hit earth, and Viggo Mortensen journeys across the U.S. with his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee), hoping to find some semblance of a civilization. In his review, Eugene Novikov wrote of the "relentless, pervasive grimness" of John Hillcoat's film, but in all the film's bleakness, he also noted that "The Road may be the most profoundly optimistic and life-affirming film you will see this year." Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.

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Mystery Team
Three kids play real-life kid detectives growing up, but when the trio (played by the comedy troupe Derrick) are primed to graduate, they turn their talents to adult detective work and get in over their heads. Erik Davis raved from Sundance in 2009: "It's Encyclopedia Brown meets Napoleon Dynamite with a pinch of Ace Ventura ... and it's hilarious." Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.

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Also out:Tell Tale, Rain Fall, Voyager, White Wall, Costa Rican Summer, The Crimson Mask, Yesterday Girl, Sandok