Cowboys & Aliens

(PG-13) ★★★☆☆

Somehow, this blockbuster movie based on the graphic novel works. A desperado (Daniel Craig) wakes up one day in the desert in 1875 with a metallic weapon locked to his forearm and no memory of a recent alien encounter. Uniting with the local townsfolk of Absolution and a Civil War veteran ranch baron played by Harrison Ford, Craig’s cowboy conspires to send the aliens back to their alien land. Director Jon Favreau (Ironman) knows how to get audiences to take absurd conceits seriously. A disarming mash-up.

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