New Movie Reviews: 'Cowboys & Aliens,' 'Crazy, Stupid, Love,' 'The Smurfs' Hitting Theaters

8:58 PM PST 07/28/2011 by Paula Zulian
Universal Pictures
"Cowboys & Aliens"

Wondering which film to go see this weekend? Check out what THR's critics say about all the new movies.

Moviegoers have a slew of options this weekend.

Director Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde, is a genre mashup of alien invasion and Western.

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Meanwhile, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone star in the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Also opening this weekend is The Smurfs, a 3D feature directed by Raja Gosnell starring Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and Sofia Vergara.

See what The Hollywood Reporter's critics have to say about those films -- and others opening this weekend -- and find out how well they are expected to perform at the box office.

Cowboys & Aliens
Bottom Line:
It sounds kooky on paper, but on the screen, cowboys and aliens make beautiful, fun music together.
Click here to read The Hollywood Reporter's review.

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Crazy, Stupid, Love
Bottom Line: A shrewdly written comedy with perhaps too many characters and subplots but they nonetheless produce laughs.
Click here to read THR's review.

The Smurfs
Bottom Line:
This numbingly generic Smurf-out-of-water-tale is strictly for those who stand closer to three apples tall.
Click here to read THR's review.

Attack the Block
Bottom Line:
An infectiously larky extraterrestrial invasion movie that respects the genre conventions while spicing the brew with distinctive local flavor.
Click here to read THR's review.

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The Devil's Double
Bottom Line: Excellent lead performance tops a vivid but one-dimensional look at the double for Saddam's satanic son.
Click here to read THR's review.

The Future
Bottom Line:
Overly precious poetic examination of a couple’s eccentric attempts to evolve their lives will appeal to a rarified few.
Click here to read THR's review.

The Guard
Bottom Line:
A notable directorial debut with good specialized commercial prospects.
Click here to read THR's review.

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The Interrupters
Bottom Line: Affecting doc about efforts to quash Chicago violence would benefit from a shorter running time or a longer-form TV presentation.
Click here to read THR's review.

Life in a Day
Bottom Line:
This amazing compilation of videos all shot the same day around the globe is one for the ages.
Click here to read THR's review.

Good Neighbors
Bottom Line:
An agreeably sick little movie about a serial killer, a bunch of cats and the uneasy tenants of a Montreal apartment complex.
Click here to read THR's review.

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress
Bottom Line:
A fascinating observational doc about the most famous restaurant in the world.
Click here to read THR's review.

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