There is finally something worth seeing at the theater! “The Wolfman”. This is the remake of the 1941 “The Wolf Man” which starred Lon Chaney as Larry Talbot the unfortunate victim of a werewolf bit from Bela Lugosi. That version also starred Claude Raines as Talbot’s father.

In this updated version, Benecio Del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot, who gets bitten by a werewolf and changes into one every full moon. Anthony Hopkins play his father, and Emily Blunt portrays the love interest. Rick Baker, who created the terrifying effects for “An American Werewolf in London”  (1981) contacted the producers when her heard that the film had bee greenlighted…insisting he had to do the makeup. He discovered that he was their fist choice all along. The film is rated R.

Other films include “Valentines Day”,  and Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.

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NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

A boy on the cusp of manhood discovers hes the son of Poseidon, and so begins a fantastical adventure full of Furies, satyrs and centaurs.

Valentine’s Day

Falling somewhere between the elegant goofiness of Love Actually and the grating calculation of He’s Just Not That Into You, this is the latest romantic comedy to feature more than a dozen well-known actors.

The Wolfman

This gory remake of the 1941 horror movie, starring Benicio del Toro, is gloomy, a little bit campy and respectful of its precedents without being slavish to them.

The Last Station

This lively period piece about the turbulent relationship between Leo and Sofya Tolstoy is dramatic, romantic and full of bawdy humor.

Creation

It’s difficult to make drama out of a life spent in solitary study, and this film, which deals with the life of Charles Darwin, shows the strain of that effort.

Beeswax

Austin-made indie film about two 20-something sisters with different personalities doesn’t follow traditional storytelling structures, which some will find charming and others infuriating.

My Name is Khan
Rizvan Khan, who suffers Asberger’s Syndrome, is an honorable Muslim man from India and falls unconditionally for the beautiful Mandira, a Hindu single mother. This film did not screen in advance.

More movie reviews

OPENING WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17 From Guidelive.com

Celine: Through the Eyes of the World: Celine Dion performs from five continents and 25 countries, with her family in tow.

OPENING FRIDAY, FEB. 19 From Guidelive.com

Happy Tears: Two sisters, Jayne (Parker Posey) and Laura (Demi Moore), return home to deal with their 70-something ailing father.

Police, Adjective: A Romanian cop (Dragos Bucur) is reluctant to arrest a teen suspected of possessing and possibly selling marijuana.

Saint John of Las Vegas: A compulsive gambler (Steve Buscemi) faces temptation and meets an assortment of odd characters when he travels to Las Vegas to investigate an insurance claim.

Shutter Island: Two U.S. Marshals (Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo) travel to a remote island to investigate the disappearance of a hospitalized murderer.

The White Ribbon: Germany’s Michael Haneke delivers a World War I mystery.

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