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Cowboys & Aliens, Crazy, Stupid, Love & Indies The Future, The Guard, Interrupters, Life in a Day

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 28, 2011 at 4:48AM

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).
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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.

Film details, reviews and trailers below:

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.

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Life in a Day, NatGeo | Dir: Kevin Macdonald | B criticWIRE | TOH! Sundance Review. | 89% Tomatometer | 62% 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.

Attack the Block, Screen Gems, UK | Dir: Joe Cornish; Cast: Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker, Luke Treadaway, John Boyega, Adam Leese | TOH! interviews Cornish | 91% Tomatometer | 78% 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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.