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Movies Opening July 29th, 2011

The last weekend in July typically marks the end of the big summer movies, and thanks to that this upcoming weekend has four new movies opening.  There’s a sci-fi/western, a dramatic comedy, a return of an 80’s cartoon, and an action/comedy/sci-fi.  Should be an interesting mix, and it’ll be curious to see if any manage to knock off last week’s champ Captain America.

Cowboys & Aliens is the latest flick from actor/director Jon Favreau.  Apache Indians and Western settlers put aside their differences when an alien spacecraft lands near their homes.  It stars Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, and Sam Rockwell.  This movie has a fair bit of potential thanks to the director, the cast, and the interesting plot, but the reviews rolling in from Comic Con don’t sound too promising.

In Crazy, Stupid, Love. Steve Carell plays a man who re-enters the world of dating after discovering that his wife cheated on him.  Ryan Gosling plays his mentor, a player who finds himself falling in love with a woman (Emma Stone) who doesn’t give him the time of day.  Of all the movies opening this weekend this one seems to be the most promising.

If you are a child of the 80’s, then no doubt you’ve heard of The Smurfs.  They’d been around since the 60’s as a series of kid’s comic books, but it wasn’t until the cartoon series came around that North American audiences paid them much attention.  Now they’re back, and living in New York after being chased from their homes by the evil wizard Gargamel.

And the final new movie this weekend is the small budget Attack the Block.  It’s about a group of tenants defending their home from an alien invasion.  Yes, it’s the second alien invasion movie opening this weekend, but this one has gotten good buzz from its time playing at festivals.  Will it appeal to main stream audiences however is the question.



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