'Cowboys & Aliens' -- 3 stars

<b>PG-13; 1:58 running time</b><br><br> Wait, cowboys and aliens? In the face of constant, competitive challenges the movie industry clings to a handful of truths, among them: Sex sells; concessions pay the bills; Taylor Lautner may have trouble headlining a movie on his own; and a film can deal in cowboys, or it can traffic in aliens, but probably it cannot accommodate both. Just because no one's tried it before doesn't mean it's worth trying. And yet "Cowboys & Aliens," in which Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford take on creatures from another genre, turns out to be the unlikeliest good movie of the year. The component genre parts coexist, excitingly, without veering into camp or facetious desperation. Alien-invasion aficionados should be pleased. Western nostalgists may be pleasantly surprised. Fans of cowboys-versus-aliens movies, well, it's been a long wait and here's your movie. -- Michael Phillips<br><br>Read the <a href=http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/sc-mov-0727-cowboys-and-aliens-20110729,0,3751538.column>full review</a>

PG-13; 1:58 running time

Wait, cowboys and aliens? In the face of constant, competitive challenges the movie industry clings to a handful of truths, among them: Sex sells; concessions pay the bills; Taylor Lautner may have trouble headlining a movie on his own; and a film can deal in cowboys, or it can traffic in aliens, but probably it cannot accommodate both. Just because no one's tried it before doesn't mean it's worth trying. And yet "Cowboys & Aliens," in which Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford take on creatures from another genre, turns out to be the unlikeliest good movie of the year. The component genre parts coexist, excitingly, without veering into camp or facetious desperation. Alien-invasion aficionados should be pleased. Western nostalgists may be pleasantly surprised. Fans of cowboys-versus-aliens movies, well, it's been a long wait and here's your movie. -- Michael Phillips

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