Valentine's Day

Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Taylor Lautner, Julia Roberts and Taylor Swift | PG-13 |

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REVIEWED BY GALINA ESPINOZA

ROMANTIC COMEDY

Have you ever bitten into a candy bar, expecting to taste milk chocolate only to discover you've mistakenly picked up the baker's kind? That's the problem with this star-studded flick filled with intertwining story lines: It's missing some much-needed sweetness. Although Hathaway shines as an "adult phone entertainer," and Roberts plays refreshingly against type as an Army captain flying 14 hours home for a special guy, most of the relationship plotlines—a broken engagement, a woman in love with a married man—leave a bitter aftertaste. And despite Swift's spot-on screen debut as a teen in the gushy throes of first romance, there's no mistaking the movie's cynical center, as captured by a radio deejay signing off his broadcast with "the three words we all want to hear: Let's get naked." Sorry, but I like to be swept off my feet first.

The Wolfman

Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt | R |

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REVIEWED BY TOM GLIATTO

HORROR

You sit waiting for the full moon, wondering what dazzlingly scary new werewolf the special-effects team will unleash. Well, he looks like an angry bison stuffed into trousers. By day, when everyone is depilated, the acting in this Victorian-era version is quite good. Del Toro drags himself around in heavy-lidded sorrow as the cursed man-beast. Blunt, his beloved, is enticingly swoony even as things get moony. But I laughed at the monster. That's deadlier than a silver bullet.

>A surprise entry in the Oscar race, this brainy sci-fi film deserves glory

IT'S SMART

The premise, in which creepy, clicking aliens (below) are forced to live in slum-like conditions in South Africa, offers a provocative take on apartheid.

IT'S ORIGINAL

Part E.T., part The Office and part Aliens, it feels all new.

IT'S A SLAMMIN' RIDE

Tense and suspenseful—no 3-D effects required!—it makes most other Oscar contenders look like a yawn.

>• Real-life folks who got the ax—not by George!—bare their souls in the film.

JOINING THE CAST

Air's producers placed ads seeking recently fired people to tell their stories. "I thought I was filming a documentary," says former auto-company staffer Arthur Hill (below right).

SHARING THEIR PAIN

"People realize that they are not alone when they see the film," says Marlene Gorkiewicz (center), an ex-airline worker.

MEETING GEORGE CLOONEY

"We all went for cocktails," says ex-engineering director Kevin Pilla (left). "He [thanked] us for participating. I thought, 'Are you kidding—who wouldn't?'"

>YES! PROOF LEARNING REALLY IS FUN

Based on the popular Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, The Lightning Thief is packed with entertaining, kid-friendly mythology lessons. So why does Persephone hate being wife to Hades, god of the underworld? Answer: "It's hot and he's a weirdo."

OLYMPIAN EFFECTS

From Medusa's hissing hair to a substitute teacher exploding into an evil Fury, director Chris Columbus brings to life villainous creatures that are thrilling, not threatening.

GIRL GODS ROCK

As Poseidon's son, Percy (Logan Lerman) hones impressive skills with H2O. But Athena's daughter Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) stands out as the fiercest warrior, proving that girls have game too.

>The two stars have grown up since working together in '00's Dude, Where's My Car? Still, Kutcher, 32, typed on his phone like a teenager as he and Garner, 37, chatted about reuniting in Valentine's Day.

DO YOU TWEET TOO, JEN?

Garner: No. I try really hard to put my phone down [ever since] my daughter [Violet, 4] pretended to take something out of one of her little purses and was like, "I've got an e-mail—hang on one second."

Kutcher: That's like when Tallulah [his stepdaughter with wife Demi Moore] was young and told her teacher, "My mom gives me anything I want in just one second.?" Demi was like, "Uh-oh."

SO, VALENTINE'S DAY: CANDLELIGHT DINNER OR BREAKFAST IN BED?

Kutcher: Both—why not?

CHOCOLATES OR JEWELRY?

Garner: That's tough. I do love chocolate. Chocolate jewelry?!

Kutcher: Neither. Travel.

ASHTON, IN THE FILM YOU PLAY A FLORIST. WHAT DID YOU LEARN?

Kutcher: That I can't do baby's breath. It's like my kryptonite.

WHAT'S THE TRICK TO KEEPING ROMANCE ALIVE [WITH SPOUSES MOORE AND BEN AFFLECK]?

Garner: Accept that every day is not necessarily going to be romantic. That doesn't mean you don't look for ways to infuse your life with romance. It's about finding it in the littlest parts of life.

>A surprise entry in the Oscar race, this brainy sci-fi film deserves glory

IT'S SMART

The premise, in which creepy, clicking aliens (below) are forced to live in slum-like conditions in South Africa, offers a provocative take on apartheid.

IT'S ORIGINAL

Part E.T., part The Office and part Aliens, it feels all new.

IT'S A SLAMMIN' RIDE

Tense and suspenseful—no 3-D effects required!—it makes most other Oscar contenders look like a yawn.

>• Real-life folks who got the ax—not by George!—bare their souls in the film.

JOINING THE CAST

Air's producers placed ads seeking recently fired people to tell their stories. "I thought I was filming a documentary," says former auto-company staffer Arthur Hill (below right).

SHARING THEIR PAIN

"People realize that they are not alone when they see the film," says Marlene Gorkiewicz (center), an ex-airline worker.

MEETING GEORGE CLOONEY

"We all went for cocktails," says ex-engineering director Kevin Pilla (left). "He [thanked] us for participating. I thought, 'Are you kidding—who wouldn't?'"

>YES! PROOF LEARNING REALLY IS FUN

Based on the popular Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, The Lightning Thief is packed with entertaining, kid-friendly mythology lessons. So why does Persephone hate being wife to Hades, god of the underworld? Answer: "It's hot and he's a weirdo."

OLYMPIAN EFFECTS

From Medusa's hissing hair to a substitute teacher exploding into an evil Fury, director Chris Columbus brings to life villainous creatures that are thrilling, not threatening.

GIRL GODS ROCK

As Poseidon's son, Percy (Logan Lerman) hones impressive skills with H2O. But Athena's daughter Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) stands out as the fiercest warrior, proving that girls have game too.

>The two stars have grown up since working together in '00's Dude, Where's My Car? Still, Kutcher, 32, typed on his phone like a teenager as he and Garner, 37, chatted about reuniting in Valentine's Day.

DO YOU TWEET TOO, JEN?

Garner: No. I try really hard to put my phone down [ever since] my daughter [Violet, 4] pretended to take something out of one of her little purses and was like, "I've got an e-mail—hang on one second."

Kutcher: That's like when Tallulah [his stepdaughter with wife Demi Moore] was young and told her teacher, "My mom gives me anything I want in just one second.?" Demi was like, "Uh-oh."

SO, VALENTINE'S DAY: CANDLELIGHT DINNER OR BREAKFAST IN BED?

Kutcher: Both—why not?

CHOCOLATES OR JEWELRY?

Garner: That's tough. I do love chocolate. Chocolate jewelry?!

Kutcher: Neither. Travel.

ASHTON, IN THE FILM YOU PLAY A FLORIST. WHAT DID YOU LEARN?

Kutcher: That I can't do baby's breath. It's like my kryptonite.

WHAT'S THE TRICK TO KEEPING ROMANCE ALIVE [WITH SPOUSES MOORE AND BEN AFFLECK]?

Garner: Accept that every day is not necessarily going to be romantic. That doesn't mean you don't look for ways to infuse your life with romance. It's about finding it in the littlest parts of life.