Thursday, July 28, 2011

Crazy Cowboys and Stupid Smurfs in Love

An eclectic mix at the movies this weekend, with an ensemble romantic comedy from the directors of I Love You, Phillip Morris competing against one of the few big summer originals (it's based on an obscure comic book, but you cares) from the director of Iron Man, versus...well, The Smurfs.  It could be win\win\win across the board as there's something for the ladies, the gents and the kids (or really, who under 30 has ever heard of The Smurfs, I keep thinking that ones a joke, even after seeing the trailer countless times), but does anything have the power to take on the mighty forces of Marvel, and last weekend's champ Captain America and Harry Potter, heading into its third weekend after a major drop-off.
  • Cowboys & Aliens- Director Jon Favreau brings franchise kings of past and present together (in the mighty package of Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig) for his western\sci-fi hybrid.
  • Crazy Stupid Love- Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon come together for this romantic ensemble piece, blissfully not based on a self-help book, nor a holiday.
  • The Smurfs- They're blue.
Also opening this weekend:
  • Attack the Block- Edgar Wright produces this comedy of aliens attacking an inner city (in limited release.)
  • The Devil's Double- Dominic Cooper plays a double rule in a drama about a dubious Iranian prince (in limited release.)
  • The Future- Miranda July (Me & You & Everyone We Know) releases her latest...a festival favorite (in limited release.)
  • Life in a Day- Director Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland) and producer Ridley Scott bring a time capsule movie centered on one day in the world (in limited release.)

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