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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'The Wolfman,' 'Valentine's Day,'

Evan Crean Evan Crean
February 8th, 2010 10:15am EST


The WolfmanPierre Morel's film from last week "From Paris With Love," isn't awesomely bad, but instead it's just plain bad. As an action movie, it's visually entertaining because it engrosses you in the fight scenes and shootouts

, while maintaining solid pacing. These elements are completely overshadowed however by the horrendously written dialogue and plot.

The story doesn't introduce any specific elements to engage the audience or fully explain the terrorist plan the protagonists are hoping to thwart. In some instances the dialogue is so ludicrous that you find yourself audibly laughing at it, which detracts from the experience significantly. John Travolta is arguably the best part of the picture, as the badass Charlie Wax, but his personality isn't enough to help Jonathan Rhys-Meyers' flat performance. My Grade: C-

The week of Valentine's Day brings theaters the remake "The Wolfman," the holiday themed "Valentine's Day," and the Greek mythology fantasy "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief."

THE WOLFMAN



Nobleman Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) returns to his homeland, where his brother has gone missing and the villagers have been found murdered by a vicious beast. The search for Talbot's sibling brings him back to his estranged father (Anthony Hopkins) and draws him closer to his brother's fiancée (Emily Blunt); however Talbot starts to discover a darker side of himself that he never knew existed.

A visual effects specialist with experience dating back to the first "Star Wars," Joe Johnston, the man behind 2004's "Hidalgo" directs this remake of the 1941 film "The Wolf Man." Scribes Andrew Kevin Walker and David Self, team up to pen the screenplay for "The Wolfman."

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WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Cinema buffs interested in a fresh take on the classic "The Wolf Man" should see this remake. If you like the combination of Anthony Hopkins, Benicio Del Toro, and Emily Blunt then you should give "The Wolfman" a chance.

VALENTINE'S DAY



Interconnected couples and singles in Los Angeles separate and then reunite due to the expectations and pressures of Valentine's Day. Veteran filmmaker Garry Marshall helms this romantic comedy, based on this week's upcoming holiday. Katherine Fugate, a writer and producer for the television show "Army Wives," pens the screenplay for a story she developed with Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. An all-star celebrity cast includes Jessica Alba, Katy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Patrick Dempsey, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, and Queen Latifah.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Couples looking for a cookie-cutter romantic story to see this Valentine's Day are the kind of people that should see this movie. If you like films with a large ensemble cast and intertwining characters then you'll probably appreciate "Valentine's Day."

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF



Everything suddenly changes for the troubled 12-year-old Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), after he learns his birth father is the Greek god of the sea Poseidon. Percy must serve his divine heritage by embarking on a mission to settle a dispute between his father, Zeus, and Hades.

Children's film director Chris Columbus lends his creative vision to this legendary tale. Craig Titley, the scribe for the "Cheaper by the Dozen" series, adapts a novel by the same name for the screen.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Audiences that appreciate lighthearted fantasy films like the earlier "Harry Potter" movies will most likely enjoy "Percy Jackson and the Olympians." If you are a Chris Columbus fan, then you should see this action-adventure.

Evan Crean
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.

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