Now playing in theaters, the weekend of August 10, 2012 are: The Bourne Legacy, The Campaign and Hope Springs.
The Bourne Legacy
Jeremy Renner stars in this latest sequel in the Bourne franchise (it’s #4), the first outing without popular franchise star Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. It’s not exactly a sequel, it’s more of another tale told within the same universe, this time focusing on another agent of Operation Outcome Aaron Cross. It runs parallel to events occuring in earlier Bourne movies rather than before or after. After Jason Bourne pulls apart Operation Blackbriar, the CIA decides to dispose of their other black ops programs. How do they do that? They kill anybody involved with it, one of those agents being Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), who must fight back and get away before they eliminate him.
If you’re a fan of the original movies, you’ll love seeing the “Bourne world” through different eyes, Renner’s alex Cross is a much different type of soldier than Jason Bourne was, more cocky, more arrogant, more self-assured. If you didn’t see the other movies, the movie still stands on it’s own and delivers a great action movie, it will make you want to see the earlier films though! All in all, a solid sequel that delivers.
A comedic look at the cuthroat campaigns between 2 candidates fighting for a seat in congress, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Like most Will Ferrell comedies, it’s a bit over the top and goes for the easy laughs. Whether you like it or not, all depends on whether you’re the type of person that finds Will Ferrell hilarious or not.
Meryll Streep and Tommy Lee Jones star as an older couple Kay and Arnold, whose relationship has gotten a little dull over the years. Rather than settle, Kay decides to drag her husband to a relationship specialist played by Steve Carell, in the hopes of revitalizing their relationship. Together, they strive to bring that spark back to their relationship.
If you’re under 40, it’s likely this film won’t do much for you, despite the incredibly talented cast. If you are a “mature movie goer”, there’s a lot to enjoy in it and you’ll leave the theater with something to talk about.