Davis: Cowboys & Aliens getting good reviews

With a title like Cowboys & Aliens, you might expect a low budget “B” movie. However, the big name talent, both behind and in front of the camera, suggests otherwise.

Harrison Ford (left) stars with Daniel Craig in the sci-fi western Cowboys & Aliens.

Harrison Ford (left) stars with Daniel Craig in the sci-fi western Cowboys & Aliens.

With a title like Cowboys & Aliens, you might expect a low budget “B” movie. However, the big name talent, both behind and in front of the camera, suggests otherwise.

Based on a graphic novel, it is produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg and written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (together they have had writer and producer credits on TV shows like Alias, Lost and Fringe and the 2009 reboot of Star Trek).

Also, it is directed by Jon Favreau, best known for Elf, Zathura and the two Iron Man movies.

Set in 1873, Daniel Craig stars as a loner who has no memory of his past and a mysterious shackle around his wrist. He enters the town of Absolution (I love the names of fictional western towns) where he learns he is a notorious criminal wanted by many people, including Harrison Ford who rules the town with an iron first.

However, the two are forced to ally themselves against alien spaceships which attack the town, as the mysterious shackle seems to hold the key to defeating the aliens.

Cowboys & Aliens is already getting positive reviews including Variety’s Peter Debruge calling it “A ripping good ride.”

Rated 14A with a warning of violence, it marks the second time that Harrison Ford has starred with an actor who has played James Bond. The first time was with Sean Connery in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Also getting good reviews, including 4 1/2 stars from Boxoffice Magazine, is Crazy Stupid Love.

The strong ensemble cast includes Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon but it is the comedic performance of Ryan Gosling that really has critics noticing.

Gosling plays Jacob, a handsome 30-something who takes on Carell as a “wingman” and helps with a makeover after the latter’s marriage falls apart. Although Jacob seems to have all the relationship answers, he is unsure what to do when he starts falling for a girl who seems resistant to his charms (Stone).

This is a must-see for fans of ensemble comedies like Valentine’s Day, He’s Just Not That into You and Love, Actually.

Rated PG with a warning of coarse and sexual language.

How do the Smurfs get from the animated Middle Ages to live-action present-day New York City? Clumsy Smurf, a magical portal and a blue moon, of course.

In The Smurfs Movie, when Clumsy and a number of other Smurfs find themselves in Central Park and not their village, they take shelter in the home of a married couple’s home (Neil Patrick Harris and Glee’s Jayma Mays) and try to find a way back before Gargamel (Hank Azaria) finds them.

Smurf voices include Jonathan Winters (Papa), Anton Yelchin (Clumsy), George Lopez (Grouchy), Jeff Foxworthy (Handy), Paul Reubens (Jokey) and Katy Perry (Smurfette).

Rated General with a warning of violence.

Rick Davis is the manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.

 

capitol_wes@landmarkcinemas.ca

 

 

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