“ A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD” (R): His pals Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone both flopped at the box office recently. Bruce Willis is the last hope of the 1980s action-movie stars, and he’s going to try his hardest with this fifth installment of the smash franchise. The good news: The series returns to R-rated territory unlike the last film, which was PG-13. The bad news: The director is John Moore, whose name does not get our hopes up (“Max Payne,” “The Omen”). Also, shouldn’t a good Die Hard movie come out during the summer?
“ BEAUTIFUL CREATURES” (PG-13): Writer-turned-director Richard LaGravenese (“The Fisher King”) cooked up this fantasy drama about two young people stranded in a small town and trying to run away. The supporting cast includes Viola Davis, Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson, so this one may be more substantial than it seems.
“ SAFE HAVEN” (PG-13): Another Valentine’s Day, another Nicholas Sparks adaptation. Julianne Hough stars as a woman who shares a dark secret with a widower (Josh Duhamel). Directed by Lasse Hallstrom (“The Hoax,” “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”).
“ ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH” (PG): Sarah Jessica Parker, Sofia Vergara, Brendan Fraser and Ricky Gervais provide the voices for this animated comedy about an astronaut who answers a distress call hailing from a highly dangerous planet.