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DEAR JOHN—Adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel about a soldier (Channing Tatum) who falls in love with a college student (Amanda Seyfried) while home on leave. Co-starring Richard Jenkins, Henry Thomas and D.J. Cotrona. Directed by Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules). Flix, Maple Ridge, Regal Elmwood, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria

FROM PARIS WITH LOVE—Luc Besson production with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and a bald John Travolta trading wisecracks while stalking terrorists in Paris. Directed by Pierre Morel (Taken). Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria


M (Germany, 1931)—Fritz Lang’s visceral thriller about a hunt for a child killer that unites the police and the criminal underworld of Berlin. Peter Lorre became an international star as the murderer, a victim of his compulsions, but it’s Lang’s film: look at his depiction of a city falling under the sway of fascism and you’ll understand why he fled a year later. Fri, Tues 8 pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376)

NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955)—Robert Mitchum never had a better role than as the murderous preacher with “LOVE” and “HATE” tattooed on the knuckles of each hand. But even more memorable is the unusual mise en scene by Charles Laughton in the only film he ever directed, an American gothic fairy tale that is unique in American movies. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Tues 7 pm, Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022).

DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (1991)—Mosiac film set on an island off of Georgia on a day in 1901 as an extended family descended from slaves prepares to leave a place where they have retained their African traditions to move to the mainland of America. The opening film in this year’s International Women’s Film Festival. Thurs, 7pm. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022).