Dear John – From the instant in the trailer when a shirtless Channing Tatum dives into the ocean to save Amanda Seyfried’s purse, it becomes fairly clear who the target audience for this syrupy romance is. Plus, with Chocolat director Lasse Hallström at the helm, you’re bound to get a few genuine tears. Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, Dear John is sure to attract emotional gay fans in droves.
From Paris With Love – John Travolta has been trying to build a career out of playing borderline psychopaths as of late, and he continues the trend with From Paris With Love, the story of a slightly off his rocker spy looking to stop a terrorist attack with the help of an aide to the U.S. ambassador’s office (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). So look for John to bring the crazy and Jonathan to bring the sexy.
Eyes Wide Open – The directorial debut by Israeli filmmaker Haim Tabakman, Eyes Wide Open tells the story of married father of two Rivka and his romance with a 22-year-old male student. Set against Jerusalem’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community, the film magnificently captures Rivka’s feelings of desire and torment. As the director says in the film’s press notes: “Religious people do not consider homosexuality a sin: it just does not exist.” This film sets out to achieve his goals – it helps to break the silence.
Heligoland by Massive Attack– Even with the rave scene mostly dead and buried, electronic music is alive and well. Massive Attack, creating futuristic sounds for over 20 years, is back with their fifth album (named after a German archipelago). Heligoland delivers 10 mellow trip-hop cuts suitable for making out or getting ready for a night on the town. Out Tuesday
One Life Stand by Hot Chip – This is the fourth release from Hot Chip, a quintet of dance music-loving London hipster nerds. The title-track is an '80s flashback with a romantic twist ("Will you stand by your old man?" is repeated over and over), and most of the other songs are just as breezy and fun. Out Tuesday.
Soldier of Love by Sade– Usually thought of as a solo act, Sade is a four-member group headed up by British-Nigerian beauty Sade Adu. Soldier of Love is the first new material since 2000's Lovers Rock, and the title-track is already on its way to being a classic. Kicking off with defiant bugle blasts, the song is an addictive, raegge inflected tale of a scorned woman who refuses to give up on love — in other words, a gay anthem waiting to happen. Other highlights include "Babyfather," "Bring Me Home," and "The Safest Place." Out Tuesday.
All About Steve – As Sandra Bullock celebrates the first Oscar nomination of her career, you can pop a bag of Orville Redenbacher, sit back and watch her Razzie nominated performance in All About Steve, a so bad it’s good mess of a comedy about a supposedly endearing stalker who chases her obsession (Bradley Cooper) around the country. Cooper and Thomas Hayden Church bring the laughs, but this is Bullock at her awkward worst.
The Bad Girls of Film Noir, Volume 1 and 2 — Down-and-dirty dames and cool, calculating chicks get their due in this four disc set featuring some of the most emblematic noirs from the 1940s and ‘50s. Iconic femme fatales such as Ida Lupino, Gloria Grahame, Cleo Moore, and Lizabeth Scott unleash their inhibitions in such evocatively titled classics as Bad For Each Other, One Girl’s Confession, Over-Exposed, and (our fave) the sordid girls-behind-bars melodrama Women’s Prison.