Nothing distracts from this sub-freezing weather like a good flick. Here's a few options out this weekend in New York Theaters. Ryan Phillippe works hard to figure out Chris Cooper's espionage secrets in the new thriller Breach. Cooper is always great and for our money, you can't beat Laura Linney so hears hoping this drama lives up to its smart cast. Someone recently told us that eventually they'll run out of comic books to turn into movies but frankly, it seems unlikely. Nicolas Cage stars in this newest one with Eva Mendes as Ghost Rider the super human, flammable commuter.

Conveniently enough Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant's new romantic comedy Music & Lyrics hit movie theaters yesterday just in time for Valentine's Day. Sadly, these two usually fun actors don't make beautiful music together on screen this time, the jokes and the romance in this movie sound flatter than a rejected American Idol contestant. Tyler Perry branches out from his hugely popular character, the sass talking Madea in his new movie Daddy's Little Girls starring Gabrielle Union as a successful lawyer who falls for a single dad with three young daughters.

2007_02_arts_terabithia.jpgThe popular and award-winning children's novel, Bridge to Terabithia gets the feature film treatment. A boy and girl invent an imaginary universe and learn the value of friendship in this kid's movie that's already getting pretty good reviews from the critics. A young French girl moves from the country to one of the toniest sections of Paris and becomes embroiled in the lives of the artists and art collectors living there in Avenue Montaigne. The characters and the plot turns are diverting in that reliable European art house movie way. It's a fun few hours of subtitles and shticky comedy, if that's your sort of thing. Yet another Oscar-nominated foreign language film to roll into New York theaters, Days of Glory is about a group of Algerian soldiers fighting with the French (and dealing with their racism) during World War II.

For some, just the thought of Korean director Park Chan-Wook's witty and brutal cinema makes them giddy. Okay fine, that includes the Cinecultist. If you haven't seen any of his recently completed Vengeance trilogy, or feel you are due for a re-watch, the IFC Center will be screening midnight showings of the three films on Friday (Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance), Saturday (Oldboy) and Sunday (Lady Vengeance). Without giving too much of the brilliance away let's just say after these movies you'll never look at deaf mutes, dumplings or magenta eyeshadow the same ever again. Plus, seeing all three in close proximity will be fun for Park's casting overlaps alone.

If you missed the New York Film Festival entry Bamako last fall, Film Forum will be screening it starting this weekend. A film about life in Africa and how the policies of the International Monetary Fund impact its people, Abderrahmane Sissako's Bamako is both political and heartfelt. Danny Glover, who appears in the movie, will be on hand for the 7:20 pm screening tonight, Feb. 15.

The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens will be showing on Saturday one of Orson Welles' great but less well-known later movies, F Is For Fake as a part of their weekly reparatory nights. The director and some of his favorite performers like Joseph Cotton star in five stories about forgery, trickery and magical slights of hand.

Gothamist Pick:
It's always a good idea to turn to the Film Society's journal, Film Comment for suggestions of some of the most artsy and gutsy movies international cinema has to offer. Their annual screening series at Lincoln Center, Film Comment Selects kicked off this week and there's quite a wide ranging and eclectic group of films being shown. Solid international auteurs like Finland's Aki Kaurismäki, Hong Kong's Johnnie To, China's Lou Ye and Italy's Marco Bellocchio all have new works represented. In particular we're curious to see the closing night film, a new one from Paul Verhoeven who you may recall from such Hollywood blockbusters as Starship Troopers and Showgirls. In Black Book Verhoeven returns to his native Holland during World War II as a Jewish girl joins the Resistance and seduces a German officer. If you're really into the titalating subtitled movies, you can't go wrong with the opening film Exterminating Angels (playing this Saturday at 4 pm). A film director decides to catalogue the process of women experiencing sexual pleasure by taking young ingenues to hotel rooms then filming them as they get off. Things go a little awry for our hero though when three of the most brazen actresses fear that they may be cut from the finished film. Like many of the films in this interesting series, Exterminating Angels is seriously in-your-face moviemaking. It's not for the shy or squeamish.