Film Clips: The Smurfs, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Crazy, Stupid, Love and more
This weekend's openings
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- (L to R, foreground) CLANCY BROWN as Meacham, DANIEL CRAIG as a stranger with no memory of his past, SAM ROCKWELL as Doc, HARRISON FORD as the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde and CHRIS BROWNING as Jed Parker in an event film for summer 2011 that crosses the classic Western with the alien-invasion movie in a blazingly original way: "Cowboys & Aliens"
COWBOYS & ALIENS A sexy cowboy (Daniel Craig) wakes up in the middle of nowhere in Arizona in 1873 with no memory of his past. As it turns out, he is the only hope against an alien invasion kicking off in the Wild West. Horses, hats and spaceships will all fuse in one big battle.
CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE Cal Weaver's (Steve Carell) seemingly perfect family life falls apart when his wife (Julianne Moore) mentions the deadly word "divorce." Cal is soon taken under the wing of the irresistible womanizer Jacob (Ryan Gosling) and transformed into Mr. Hot. But as always love has a way to complicate things and then finally resolve them all (at least on the screen).
THE SMURFS The tiny blue creatures found their way back on the big screen, this time in 3D. The magical Smurfs are forced to flee their perfect world as they are being hunted down by the evil wizard Gargamel. Their frantic escape magically leads them to a world wholly different from theirs; New York City. In between dodging yellow cabs, befriending a New York couple and fleeing from an evil cat, they must find their way back into the world where they belong.
SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN The story focuses on a friendship between two women destined to last an eternity. Isolated by their families, Snow Flower (Jennifer Lim) and Lily (Christina Y. Jun) communicate using a secret code. Through many obstacles the friendship faces, the film explores how cultural norms tied up women in 19th century China.
TABLOID 4 stars (R ) Oscar-winning director Errol Morris finds a fascinating subject in the strange case of Joyce McKinney, who became the center of a 1977 London tabloid scandal involving kidnapping, kinky sex and Mormonism. McKinney makes a fascinating subject as a fading Southern belle with a gift of gab, while a pair of aging British journalists exude cheerful contempt for their subjects. Tabloid arrives in theaters with perfect timing for a film about journalistic excess, even though the juicy details can distract Morris from the bigger picture. — Holman
THE TOPP TWINS: UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS 3 stars (NR) If k.d. lang never left her funny, feisty cowgirl phase — and there were two of her — she’d resemble Jools and Lynda Topp, an irrepressible pair of yodeling New Zealand folk singers who happen to be openly gay twin sisters. A tame, conventional documentary, The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls nevertheless makes a great introduction to the sibling charmers. — Holman