New films in theaters this week:
-- "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" (rated PG), a fantasy based on the first of the five best-selling teen novels.
-- "Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective)" (not rated), a thriller about a conflicted detective. Romanian with subtitles.
-- "Valentine's Day" (rated PG-13), a multi-character, multi-story romantic comedy starring Ashton Kutcher and others.
-- "The Wolfman" (rated R), a remake of the classic 1941 horror movie, starring Benicio Del Toro.
Poster art courtesy New Line Cinema
Unfortunately, there are too many character and too many stories in the overstuffed "Valentine's Day," and the least interesting of these (the ones involving Kutcher, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel and Jennifer Garner) get the most screen time.
And the too-serious "Wolfman" re-do is a bloody mess. Del Toro seems uninterested and unmotivated, and the over-the-top gore ensures that it will appeal only to die-hard horror fans.
As for "Police, Adjective," it's so slow and plodding that the points it's trying to make -- including ones about the mundane nature of some police work -- will be lost on audiences that are trying not to fall asleep in the movie.
Poster art courtesy Twentieth Century Fox
The week's best movie is, by default, "The Lightning Thief." Like the others, it has its share of problems, but it's easily the most fun of this bunch. And besides, lead actor Logan Lerman is a star-in-the-making.
Which, if any, of these movies fit into your Valentine's Day weekend viewing plans?