The Westerns are back, baby! Who knew it would take two mega stars and a mega director to bring the genre back? Well it did, and Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, and James Mangold bring you “3:10 to Yuma”, a remake of an old classic about an outlaw who is escorted by a determined farmer to his appointed time with a train that will take him to his date with prison. Along the way, the duo are ambushed by the outlaw’s old gang, and much shoot’em up ensues. Speaking of which, Clive Owen and Monica Bellucci shoots up the theater themselves with “Shoot’em Up”, a mega actioner with enough guns and bullets to make the NRA blush. Then there’s something called “The Brothers Solomon”, which should, um, go down faster than Britney Spears’ integrity.
3:10 to Yuma: A rancher struggles to support his ranch and family during a long drought. Desperately needing money to build a well, he takes an assignment to transport a notorious felon, in the hands of authorities, to Yuma for imprisonment. But, once the two meet, the criminal tries to tempt him with–in exchange for allowing him to escape–an offer of much more money than the rancher ever expected, the result of a hidden loot.
Starring: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Alan Tudyk, Peter Fonda, Gretchen Mol
Directed by: James Mangold
Shoot’em Up: Mr. Smith, the angriest, most hardboiled man in the world, finds himself entrusted to protect the most innocent thing of all–a newborn child. When Smith delivers the baby in the middle of a gunfight, he soon discovers that the infant is the target of a shadowy force that has sent a team of mysterious and endless assailants, led by Hertz, to erase all traces of the baby. Amid a hail of bullets and facing every conceivable permutation of gunfight, Smith teams up with a prostitute named DQ to solve the mystery as to why the baby’s life is being threatened before this makeshift family all ends up on the wrong side of a bullet. Everyone wants the baby dead. The big question is why?
Starring: Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Monica Bellucci, Greg Bryk, Jane McLean
Directed by: Michael Davis
The Brothers Solomon: Brothers John and Dean Solomon are on a quest to find a woman–any woman–willing to bear their child and fulfill the wish of their dying father. After a few dating disasters, it looks as if the brothers may beat the odds and find what they’re looking for when Dean meets a woman eager to have his baby.
Starring: Will Forte, Will Arnett, Chi McBride, Malin Akerman, Kristen Wiig
Directed by: Bob Odenkirk