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09 Aug

The Bourne Legacy

The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles. — (C) Universal

Scott’s Take

Very disappointing entry in to the Bourne franchise. Read my review here.

Steve’s Take

I had been very skeptical about this one for a while and Scott has made me even more confident in my initial opinion. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you thought!

The Campaign

When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family’s political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other, in this mud-slinging, back-stabbing, home-wrecking comedy. — (C) Warner Bros.

Scott’s Take

While The Campaign trailers don’t look like anything to write home about, combining the talents of Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis seems like it will be a winning combination at the box office. After the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado a couple of weeks ago, we can all use a good laugh at the movies this weekend.

Steve’s Take

I look forward to seeing this one. Again, with Zach and Will there is bound to be some laughter. It doesn’t look like you will get much joy out of The Bourne Legacy, so take your shot on this one.

Hope Floats

Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple’s specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough – the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place. — (C) Sony

Scott’s Take

Not only does hope float, but it now also apparently springs.  Who wouldn’t want to pay $11.00 to see some senior citizens have sex? Seriously, early word on Hope Springs is that it’s very good and could earn Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep Oscar nominations.  God, Meryl Streep is an Oscar whore! Hope Springs is a welcomed change for middle-aged moviegoers that are tired of capes, cowls, and talking teddy bears.

Steve’s Take

I had a weird thought that Scott would be excited for this one. For me, this one looks like a bore-fest. I know it will have its viewers in a certain age group…but this one isn’t for me.

Next Week

That’s all we have this week.  Next week we have the last round of Summer movie hopefuls.  Stallone and the gang are back in The Expendables 2, Jennifer Garner has a child born in her garden in The Odd Life of Timothy Green, the stop motion animated ParaNorman, and Jordan Sparks and the late Whitney Houston in Sparkle.  Have a great weekend everyone!

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