This week in Austell, the movies opening appear to be a mixture of films. As we know though, every weekend there are films that are released audiences on a grand scale know of and other films that are set in such limited releases we have to drive out of our way if we’ve even heard of them. Sadly there are not any films of the sort in limited release this week. The main films out this weekend that will have a lot of box office appeal are Cowboys & Aliens, Crazy, Stupid, Love, and The Smurfs. These films are currently at Movies 278 and Regal Cinemas Stadium 22 in Austell, in addition to various theaters in the Atlanta. Are these films worth seeing this weekend? Lets find out!
Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13)
The western is getting an interesting reboot with Cowboys & Aliens. The trailer makes this film appear to be one of the better action/adventure flicks of the summer thus far. Is this movie trailer magic? Quite possibly. Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman give the film a C+ and states, “there are nifty scenes, like the horseback riders battling silvery skeletal airplanes, but what Cowboys & Aliens lacks is a good story.” Some people might be asking what is the story behind this Jon Favreau, famed director of Iron Man (2008), film. Basically, a spaceship arrives in Arizona in 1873. Not only does the spacecraft make contact, but the aliens also plan to take over Earth. Of course. The aliens plan to begin with the Wild West region of the world. The problem they encounter is the group of cowboys that are determined to keep Earth safe. This seems like something people of modern day time would want and be able to relate to as well. Regardless of what critics are saying this weekend, I must agree with Roger Ebert who writes, “the movie will no doubt be popular and deserves success. As preposterous moneymakers go, it’s ambitious and well-made.” While there are mixed reviews about this venture if one loves the western genre in addition to the sci-fi genre, give Cowboys & Aliens one a go. The film stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde. For Roger Ebert’s review on this film please click here. For Owen Gleiberman’s opinion please click here.
Showtimes near and in Austell.
Cowboys & Aliens trailer via IGNentertainment @ Youtube.com.
Crazy, Stupid, Love (PG-13)
Every now and then a woman craves a romantic comedy. Women want to get lost in a world of romance even if they are in a relationship or not. Crazy, Stupid, Love is one of those films that I knew I would want to see in theaters. Hopefully this weekend that will occur. The basic premise of the film is about a father’s life who begins to unravel before him. He deals with a martial crisis and attempts to keep a decent relationship with his children in the process. The film stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, and Emma Stone. Dan in Real Life showed us this other side of Carell that this writer has a feeling he will once again bring to this role, but this time everything seems a bit more structured. In fact Roger Ebert agrees by saying, “the strength of the movie, however formulaic its structure, is that it is slightly more thoughtful about its characters.” The talent of both Gosling and Stone also excite me. Sadly for me Moore is always a hit or miss. By previews she seems stellar in her performance and I hope to say the same after viewing the feature. There is also something to be said when Ebert states he “felt an undeniable satisfaction” in the end. If this was not a film this writer wanted to see before, I definitely do now. Between the rave review from Roger Ebert and the grade of an “A” Own Gleiberman of Entertainment grades the film, this is a must for theaters. Let this film remind audiences to remain hopeful of love in the end when devotion matters most. For Roger Ebert’s review on this film please click here. For Owen Gleiberman’s opinion please click here.
Showtimes near and in Austell.
Crazy, Stupid, Love trailer located to the left side of the article via VisoTrailers @ Youtube.com.
The Smurfs (PG)
Every time an older cartoon from generations past is revamped for a feature these days, everyone tends to groan and make judgements before even seeing a trailer. This writer has been excited for The Smurfs movie for a while now. Then my eyes watched the trailer and got annoyed by the voices. I realize that the voice matches are not going to be perfect, but Hollywood could have tried for some of the talented voice actors out there to nail these parts. Instead. they merely cast big names in hopes to draw older viewers. The film stars Neil Patrick Harris and Glee’s Jayma Mays. There is also Hank Azaria who plays Gargamel. Ever since seeing the original on-set photographs on TMZ, this writer has been excited to hear what Azaria would sound like in this role and just by viewing the trailer he nails it. Maybe this is what makes the rest of the voices disappointing to me. With all this in mind, the plot has not changed much from the original eighties cartoon. Gargamel, an evil wizard, tries to capture various Smurfs, but manages to chase them out of their own world and into our own world. New York City is the stomping ground for this venture. The city seems to be the city of choice when transporting fairytale creatures into the human world, i.e. Enchanted (2007). With half animation half live action, people are of course skeptical of how great this feature will be. Granted, I can say this is a children’s movie and as long as they enjoy this venture that is good right? For them yes. For their parents who more than likely watched these tiny blue creatures at one point in their lives enjoying the nostalgia would be nice as well. And from what this writer has read, there is not a good chance of such a thing happening, sadly. This leaves me disappointed and makes me most likely to pick another movie this weekend to enjoy. Entertainment Weekly’s Keith Staskiewicz gave the venture a D+ and other few reviews for the film has not been exactly favorable. Hopefully this will make fans of the original series happy and not want to get up and smurf out of the theater. For Keith Staskiewicz’s opinion please click here.
Showtimes near and in Austell.
The Smurfs trailer via ClevverMovies @ Youtube.com
For theaters near you check out this extensive link to various theaters around Atlanta. For locations near and in Austell the safe bets are always Movies 278 and Regal Stadium 22 in Austell. And if you’re wondering what trailers tickle my fancy, Crazy, Stupid, Love seems the way to go this weekend. No matter what you choose, remember to be informed in your decision making! Have a great weekend no matter what you see, folks!