Weekend Movie Preview: August 10, 2012

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The three films that anchor our Weekend Movie Preview all have question marks attached to them.

Can The Campaign's Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis craft a political comedy that brings more laughs than groans?

Is Jeremy Renner effective in taking over the Bourne franchise from Matt Damon with the arrival of The Bourne Legacy?

And finally... they seem like an odd pairing, so how do Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep cut it as a married couple trying to rekindle the spark in Hope Springs?

The Campaign: The answer to the above question is a wholehearted yes, as we state in our The Campaign review. Ferrell and Galifianakis are a comedy dream team as opposing congressional candidates fighting for a seat from the great state of North Carolina.

Director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents, Austin Powers movies) is a perfect person to helm the comic mayhem. The film is timely with the big election year upon us, and lives up to the hype.

The Bourne Legacy: Renner is an outstanding actor to be chosen to take over the Bourne franchise started by Matt Damon. If possible, he is even more lethal and even more emotive than Damon was as Jason Bourne. Renner’s Aaron Cross, especially in scenes with Rachel Weisz, is explosive. As we state in our The Bourne Legacy review, the flick should make Renner a bonafide star.

Hope Springs: Streep and Jones do seem like an odd pair. But, that is exactly why their new film works. They portray a couple who has hit cruise control after 30 years of marriage and collectively decide to head to a marriage counseling retreat, led by a stellar Steve Carell. In our Hope Springs review, we explore how, with two gifted actors at the top of their game, the film could have coasted on their talents. But, it is so much more than an acting clinic.

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