Now Playing – Movies Opening August 10th, 2012

Now that the blockbuster season has come and gone, we’re seeing more than just one movie released each week.  This time around there is a new addition to the Bourne series, a new comedy starring Will Ferrell and a Meryl Streep drama.  It’s definitely a strange mix, and it will be interesting to see if any of them have the ability to surpass the Dark Knight.

When Matt Damon stepped down from the role of Jason Bourne there was a lot of speculation as to who would fill his shoes (and how) if the series was to continue.  When it was announced that Jeremy Renner was to be the star of  The Bourne Legacy fans of the series were pleased, and when it was announced that he would be playing a different, yet similar role they were intrigued to know more.  The studio was afraid of opening this movie two weeks after Batman and pushed it back another week, so it’s hard to say if they are confident in the final product or not.  Still, with Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton joining the cast it has to be at least watchable right?

If The Campaign does well, part of it will have be because of the promotional tour Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis have done for it.  The duo have traveled across North America campaigning for this movie, and for the most part have been pretty funny while doing it.  The movie’s plot is simple, a long term congressman finds himself challenged by a new candidate for office.  The previews for this flick look great, so let’s hope they haven’t shown us everything in them.

Meryl Streep has her die-hard fans, and they will probably be the only ones heading to the theater to see her latest.  Hope Springs is about a married couple who attend a week long counselling session to help them save their marriage.  Tommy Lee Jones plays Streep’s husband, with Steve Carell playing their therapist. Somehow the cast seems very mismatched, and with the number of changes this movie has gone through it looks like it was just finished for the sake of finishing it.

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