The week's US movie releases: Travolta's Paris spy tale and Parisian sci-fi thriller

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Destination Paris at the movies in the US for the weekend of February 5, with John Travolta playing a spy in the city and a futuristic French offering.

From Paris With Love
John Travolta plays an American spy in Paris who connects with Jonathan Rhys Meyers ( Vanity Fair), an employee of the US Embassy in Paris in an attempt to stop a terrorist attack in the city. Written by Adi Hasak and Luc Besson ( La Femme Nikita) who has worked with director Pierre Morel ( Taken) on Transporter also in limited release in the US this week.

Dear John
The adaptation of the novel by Nicholas Sparks, in the vein of his romantic drama The Notebook. Featuring Amanda Seyfried ( Mamma Mia!), Channing Tatum ( G.I. Joe), and Richard Jenkins ( Burn After Reading), it follows the timeless tale of love between a soldier and the young woman he leaves behind. This film, directed by Lasse Hallstrom ( Cider House Rules, The Shipping News), opens wide.

A thriller about three skiers stranded on a resort chairlift and forced to make perilous choices. After the recent Sundance Film Festival debut of this feature by Adam Green, a new director with a relatively new cast, this horror film has a buzz that could turn into a strong reception from horror fans.

District B13: Ultimatum (Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum )
Released in France a year ago and in other countries around the world, American sci-fi fans get their chance to see this action movie. Featuring actor/stunt man Cyril Raffaeli ( Live Free or Die Hard), in a story written by Luc Besson about the secret service stepping in to control a troubled sector of a city controlled by gangs. Features parkour originator David Belle.