Box Office Battlefield: Percy Jackson, The wolfman, and Valentine’s Day

Ohhh boy, Valentine’s Day weekend is here and of course there are mushy gushy movies for you to enjoy with your significant other, or maybe by yourself while you’re crying in the corner of the theater…… Either way there are some interesting movies that might grab your attention this weekend, but may leave you feeling empty like that heart shaped box of chocolates that you bought that one girl who ended up having a boyfriend and then you devoured them later that night with a box of tissues with the lights off watching Never Been Kissed……

The Wolfman

The Wolfman

(Benicio Del ToroAnthony HopkinsEmily Blunt) Nobleman Lawrence Talbot (Del Toro) returns to his ancestral homeland, where his brother has gone missing and villagers are being killed by a nightmarish beast. The search reunites him with his estranged father (Hopkins) and draws him near to his brother’s fiancée (Blunt), however, Talbot’s lager concern is the discovery of a side to himself which he never could have imagined existed …

My Take: Not your grandpappy’s Wolfman, but does it hold up to the new age of horror? Doesn’t seem like it. Major horror reviewers are not praising this one. I think it looks pretty flashy and has big names that turn heads. The premise of the werewolf seems a little dated, but with a good story it could hold up. The Wolfman looks good on paper, but doesn’t keep the attention span from wandering. Rent it

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day

(Julia RobertsJamie FoxxAnne Hathaway) Intertwining couples and singles in Los Angeles break-up and make-up based on the pressures and expectations of Valentine’s Day.

My Take: If you’re looking for a soulless star studded bland story that is directed by the great Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman) then this might be your ticket. This movie just relies on star power alone and cannot sum up to any collective story that amounts to real story telling. I mean it could be a perfect date movie with a title like Valentines’ Day. Other than a jumble of too much star power for a movie to handle, this is just some movie that you can just throw in on a rainy day probably, if that. If you liked He’s Just Not Into You, which many didn’t, since these are the same screen writers, than this is your cup of tea. Rent it or get dragged to it?

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Theif

(Logan LermanKevin McKiddSteve Coogan) Life changes in an instant for troubled 12-year-old Percy Jackson (Lerman) when he learns his birth father is the god Poseidon and he’s looped in on a cross-country mission to settle a feud between his dad, Zeus, and Hades.

My Take: Looks like a cool kid adventure with big budget effects that could overtake the story. Big break through roles by newer teen stars, but it’s not their fault that this movie is lacking. This film seems like the story doesn’t carry the weight of the books. Just another throw away movie that tries to be director Chris Columbus’ redemption back to the Harry Potter world. Rent It, take your kids maybe?

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