Weekend Movie Preview: August 3, 2012

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The first weekend of August finds three new films hitting theaters. There’s a sci-fi remake that doesn’t feel at all like the original, Total Recall, and a romantic comedy that is unlike any rom-com in recent memory -- Celeste and Jesse Forever -- plus an iconic children’s series welcomes its third film incarnation with Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.

Total Recall: Colin Farrell swings into action in director Les Wiseman’s vision of the classic short story. Gone are visions of Mars and campiness and in its place is a riveting, fast-passed thriller that is sure to please fans of Philip K. Dick’s prose. Check out our Total Recall review for more.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days: Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series welcomes its third film in the franchise to theaters. As we state in our Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days review, the film is better than the second, but not quite as good as the first.

Celeste and Jesse Forever: Rashida Jones co-wrote and stars with Andy Samberg in this romantic comedy that is as truthful about the complexities of relationship as any in recent memory. As reported in our Celeste and Jesse Forever review, Samberg shows his dramatic muscle while still bringing the comedy.

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