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'Dear John'


Another love story from author Nicholas Sparks ("The Notebook"), a brand name in the genre, this drama stars Channing Tatum ("Step Up") as a soldier who falls for a spirited young woman (Amanda Seyfried, "Mamma Mia!") while on leave.

They communicate largely via letters once he returns to duty, establishing a connection that does much to help him through the increasing dangers he faces, Director Lasse Hallstrom ("The Cider House Rules") also uses reliable character actor Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor") ... and it probably goes without saying that you may want to have tissues on hand. DVD extras: five "making-of" documentaries; deleted and alternate scenes; outtakes. *** (PG-13: AS, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

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