Weekend US film releases: 'Valentine's Day' vs. 'The Wolfman' and 'Olympians'

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Three major releases arrive in US theaters for the upcoming holiday weekend. Presidents Day on Monday should especially give a boost to the family film, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, while the star-studded Valentine's Day will be a favorite for celebrating couples.

Valentine's Day
A romantic comedy featuring a stellar cast with Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Taylor Lautner, Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Patrick Dempsey, The Hangover's Bradley Cooper, Kathy Bates, Shirley MacLaine, and more. Directed by Garry Marshall ( Pretty Woman, The Princess Diaries), it follows couples and singles whose relationships are affected by the expectations of Valentine's Day.

The Wolfman
Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro ( Che, 21 Grams, Traffic) and Emily Blunt ( The Young Victoria, The Devil Wears Prada) star in this retelling of the classic horror story about a cursed man who returns to his homeland and his estranged father in search of his missing brother only to discover his own horrid destiny. Also features Geraldine Chaplin and Anthony Hopkins. Directed by action master Joe Johnston ( Jurassic Park III, Hidalgo).

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
A family fantasy, the story follows the teenage modern-day descendant of Poseidon, who sets off on an adventure with battling Greek gods, in search of Zeus's lighting bolt and answers to life's mysteries. Features Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman, and Catherine Keener and is directed by Chris Columbus ( Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone).

My Name is Khan
A drama about a Muslim from Mumbai with the Asperger's syndrome form of autism, who marries a Hindu in San Francisco. After the attacks of 9/11, he is detained by authorities at the airport because his disability creates suspicions, until a therapist provides assistance.

A Prophet (Un prophete)
One of the five Oscar-nominated foreign films by director Jacques Audiard ( The Beat That My Heart Skipped), it opens in select theaters. The story of a young Arab man sent to a French prison where he finds greater opportunity as a mafia kingpin than in life outside.