It's a busy weekend at the box office, and not just because it's my birthday. Three big movies are opening, and now that there's no pressure to unseat "Avatar" -- "Dear John" accomplished that over the weekend -- we can just focus on which one will be your favorite.
My own pick for the weekend is "The Wolfman." Universal is reviving their classic creature feature, and all reports I've heard point to a bloody, terrifying good time. Sweeeeet. Benicio Del Toro stars as the titular man-canine, which is a perfect bit of casting. There's also Anthony Hopkins, who appears to be playing the "Wolfman" equivalent of Dr. Abraham Van Helsing. This is funny since Hopkins played just that role in "Bram Stoker's Dracula" back in the '90s.
Action-loving families that want to avoid exposing the little ones to blood and gore can instead turn to "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief." Adapted from the first in a five-book series, the story follows young Percy Jackson, a seemingly average young man who turns out to be the son of Poseidon. No big thang, really. The story has something to do with Percy being fingered for stealing Zeus's lighting bolt. I'm thinking he didn't do it.
Of course, Sunday is Valentine's Day so it wouldn't be a weekend without a date-friendly release. Couples need look no further than... well... "Valentine's Day," an ensemble-led series of intertwining stories set around the titular Hallmark holiday. The cast is insanely large and accomplished; just see for yourself: Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Ashton Kutcher, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Shirley MacLaine, Hector Elizondo, Jennifer Garner, Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane, Emma Roberts, Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner, Joe Jonas, Irfan Khan, Queen Latifah, Topher Grace, Carter Jenkins and George Lopez. Sheesh.
The only limited release offering of the week is "My Name Is Khan," which unfortunately has absolutely nothing to do with the classic "Star Trek" villain. An import from India, the story follows a young Muslim man with Asperger's syndrome who is detained by U.S. authorities in the post-9/11 climate of fear. It probably won't match up to wherever "Avatar" falls on the charts this week, but it sounds like a compelling enough premise.