I returned to the movies last week to see Mel Gibson's thriller "Edge of Darkness." A large part of me was anxious to see it since I knew Gibson plays a Boston cop whose daughter is murdered in front of him. As Gibson's character, Detective Thomas Craven, launches his own investigation into his daughter's untimely demise, he starts unraveling threads to a conspiracy involving big business and government in Massachusetts.

While this sounds like a promising plot that could be quite engrossing, in execution the film falls flat in creating the necessary tension. The pacing for most of the movie, it slow and the conspiracy it tries to reveal is murky at best in its final explanation. Without giving away spoilers, towards the end, the influence of "The Departed" screenwriter William Monahan is palpable, in a way that reminds you too much of the previous Boston based film.

My favorite aspect of "Edge of Darkness" is actually Gibson himself. For the first time in a long time I actually felt like I watched him play a character instead of playing Mel Gibson in a different setting. He gives Craven, an everyman quality, and his Boston accent is actually pretty good. Gibson portrays Craven, as a sentimental man whose love for his daughter and willingness to avenge her death knows no bounds. My grade: B-

The first week of February brings us the romantic tale "Dear John," the action packed thriller "From Paris with Love," and the ski-themed horror story "Frozen."

In this drama, a soldier (Channing Tatum) falls for a college student (Amanda Seyfried) while home on leave. The strength of their relationship is tested however in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, which causes him to re-enlist in the army.

Swedish filmmaker Lasse Holström directs this romantic drama based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks. Jamie Linden, the scribe for 2006's "We Are Marshall" pens the screenplay for the film.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Viewers engaged by relationships on film tested by war and separation are the type that should see this drama. If you have personally experienced the difficulty of being apart from a loved one in the service then you will probably identify with the characters in this movie.

A young employee for the office of the US Ambassador to Paris (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) teams up with an American spy (John Travolta) to stop a terrorist attack in the city.

Pierre Morel, a man with two action films set in Paris under his belt, directs his third with this thriller. Adi Hasak pens the screenplay based on a story developed by French action movie guru Luc Besson.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Action movie junkies that appreciate lots of explosions and little serious thinking should check this one out. If you like Morel's previous two films "Taken," starring Liam Neeson and the parkour themed "District B13," then you will most likely enjoy "From Paris with Love."


Three carefree snowboarders become trapped on a chairlift at a ski resort, but when they realize it will be a week until the resort is open again, they are forced to make some difficult decisions for survival in the cold isolation of the mountain.

Adam Green, the man behind horror films like 2006's "Hatchet," helms this wintery thriller set high in the mountains.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Horror fans that like to see films visit areas unexplored by the genre, should check out "Frozen." If you find this concept comical for a horror film or if you're generally interested in how terrifying it could be you should catch this movie.

Story by Starpulse contributing writer Evan Crean, a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with a practically photographic memory of actors and directors. Get a first look at the movies premiering each week, which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent and which ones aren't worth your time.