It looks to be another big weekend in theaters, with Harry Potter and Captain America still pulling in audiences.
While those two films both still have a chance of winning in the box office this weekend, they'll be facing stiff competition from three new films. These include the latest effort from the man behind Iron Man; a relationship comedy starring The Office's Michael Scott and a third film that features some of the most loved creatures from the childhood of Generation X.
Here's what's new in theaters this week:
Cowboys & Aliens
Cowboys & Aliens is director Jon Favreau's genre busting follow up to the blockbuster Iron Man franchise. Based on a 2006 Malibu Comics graphic novel, the movie finds an Arizona town trying to fight off an invasion from another world. They are led by a pair of men, a loner with no memory of his past and the former Army Colonel who rules the town with an iron fist.
The movie features the latest James Bond; Daniel Craig as amnesic loner Jake Lonergan and Harrison Ford as Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde. It also features Tron: Legacy's Olivia Wilde, Iron Man 2's Sam Rockwell and Starship Troopers's Clancy Brown. Keith Carradine, Abigail Spencer and Walt Goggins also appear.
The movie was written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby. They based it on a story developed by Fergus, Ostby and Steve Oedekerk from Scott Mitchell Rosenberg's comic book.
Cowboys & Aliens is rated PG-13 and runs 1 hour 58 minutes.
Crazy, Stupid, Love
A comedic ensemble, Crazy, Supid, Love is a tale about a forty something man who tries to rebuild his life after his wife reveals she has cheated on him. In order to rebuild his life he must plunge back into the dating world after decades of being off the market.
The movie stars Steve Carell as Cal Weaver, the family man whose perfect life implodes and Ryan Gosling as Jacob, a thirty something player who befriends Cal in a bar. Julianne Moore plays Cal's unfaithful wife and Emma Stone is Hannah, a woman who Jacob falls for, but who is able to resist his "charm." The movie also features Kevin Bacon, singer Josh Groban, Marisa Tomei, Liza Lapira and John Carroll Lynch.
It was directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Regua, both of whom directed I Love You Phillip Morris. It was written by Dan Fogelman, who also wrote Tangled, Bolt, Fred Claus and Cars.
Crazy, Stupid, Love. is rated PG-13 and runs 1 hour 57 minutes.
The Smurfs finds the lovable creatures returning to the big screen for the first time since 1983 and appearing for the first time since leaving TV screens in 1989. It is a 3D live-action/CGI family film that finds the little blue characters jumping from the Middle Ages to modern New York City after their arch-nemesis Gargamel finds their village and chases them into a forbidden grotto.
The movie stars Hank Azaria as Gargamel and Neil Patrick Harris and Glee's Jayma Mays as a couple who encounter the Smurfs in our world. Modern Family's Sofia Vergara plays Harris's boss. Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, George Lopez, Fred Armisen, Jeff Foxworthy, Paul Reubens, Kenan Thompson and Wolfgang Puck provide the voices of the Smurfs.
The Smurfs was directed by Raja Gosnell, who also directed 2002's Scooby-Doo and 2008's Beverly Hills Chihuahua. It was written by J. David Stem, Jay Scherick, David N. Weiss and David Ronn, who based it on a story by Stem and Weiss.
The Smurfs is rated PG and runs 1 hour 42 minutes.
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