Cowboys & Aliens gets the prize for most literal title, if nothing else. While Andrew O’Hehir writes: “The movie never makes much of a case for its own existence; it’s a mediocre western clumsily welded to a mediocre alien shoot-’em-up,” and Roger Moore concludes: “A perfectly serviceable B-movie in the modern mold — lots of money, lots of stars, lots of explosions and lots of credited screenwriters,” TOH!’s review was somewhere in the middle, considering both the good (Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig), the bad (Olivia Wilde) and the ugly (the aliens).
Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block also plays with genre, pegging aliens against inner city youth. But for movie lovers who like to stick to one genre, there’s lots more in theaters with weekend: Crazy, Stupid, Love is a predictable rom-com that–thanks to stellar actors and Ryan Goslings abs–is enjoyable if you can get past a weak script. Miranda July’s The Future is quirky indie-hipster fare and The Interrupters proves just how powerful and moving documentary filmmaking can be. The Devil’s Double is an over-the-top misfire, sifting scarce facts about Saddam Hussein and his son through an action-video-meets-music-video filter, but star Dominic Cooper rises above the fray. He’s one to watch. The film most likely to make anyone who sees it smile, laugh and cry? Life in a Day. See it and thank us on Monday.
Cowboys & Aliens, Universal | Dir: Jon Favreau; Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano | Favreau Talks Mash-Up, Science of Sincerity | 43% Tomatometer | 57% Metacritic.
Crazy, Stupid, Love., Warner Bros. | Dir: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa; Cast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Maria Tomei, Julianne Moore, Kevin Bacon | “Inspired, But Suffers From a Very Specific Hollywood Problem.” | 76% Tomatometer | 70% Metacritic.
The Future, Roadside Attractions | Dir: Miranda July; Cast: Miranda July, Hamish Linklater, David Warshofsky, Isabella Acres, Joe Putterlik | B criticWIRE | “An Age-Old Conundrum in Miranda July’s The Future.” | TOH! Interviews Miranda July. | 90% Tomatometer | 57% Metacritic.
The Devil’s Double, Lionsgate | Dir: Lee Tamahori; Cast: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Mimoun Oaissa, Raad Rawi, Philip Quast | C+ criticWIRE | Cooper Talks Sex, Fast Cars & Excitement. | 56% Tomatometer | 54% Metacritic.
The Guard, SPC, IRELAND | Dir: John Michael McDonagh; Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, Dominique McElligot | B+ criticWIRE | “Vulgar Brendan Gleeson Sustains Uneven Gun Play.” | 95% Tomatometer | 75% Metacritic.
The Interrupters, The Cinema Guild | Dir: Steve James | A- criticWIRE
Sundance Review | “Fighting Gang Violence in Steve James’s The Interrupters.” | Heartbreaking & Hopeful. | 100% Tomatometer | 81% Metacritic.