Weekend Preview: What You Have to Look Forward To!

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August 9th, 2012

Weekend Preview: What You Have to Look Forward To!

-- New Releases

Tony Gilroy directs "The Bourne Legacy," debuting in theaters nationwide on Friday, August 10th. This is the fourth film in the series of popular action thrillers based on the books of Robert Ludlum. Although Jason Bourne is nowhere to be seen, the effects of the previous three films reverberate throughout this action-packed sequel. This time, there is a new agent in town: Aaron Cross. A part of Operation Outcome, Cross gets wind of his superiors' corrupt plans. Dodging death at every turn, Cross decides to face off against the cold and unscrupulous Eric Byer. The fast-paced adventure film has a PG-13 rating for action sequences that include violence.

Funnymen Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis go head to head in a timely new comedy from director Jay Roach. "The Campaign" focuses on congressman Cam Brady, who has enjoyed a long run and feels truly passionate about his work in politics. He never expects to be challenged, but everything changes when two CEOs decide they need an inside man in congress. They choose a candidate of their own, a bumbling local named Marty Huggins. If anyone thinks Cam Brady will give up without a fight, however, they are sorely mistaken. The rousing comedy has an R rating for language, brief nudity and crude content.

Meryl Streep stars in "Hope Springs," an introspective comedic drama that opens this weekend. Arnold and Kay have been married for thirty years, but they find that they are still not sure how to keep their marriage happy and healthy. As a solution, they head to a marriage counselor, Dr. Feld. As they discuss the history of their marriage, it becomes clear that Kay and Arnold lost their connection years ago. However, with the help of Dr. Feld and the town of Hope Springs, the couple may still have a chance at happily ever after. David Frankel directs. The movie has a PG-13 rating for mature thematic elements.

"2 Days in New York" opens in select theaters on August 10th. Julie Delpy directs the sequel to "2 Days in Paris" (2007). Years after the events of the first film, Marion is a mother, and is moving from France to New York. She is madly in love with her new boyfriend, Mingus. It seems that Mingus and Marion have a chance at a comfortable retreat in the Big Apple, but everything changes when her oblivious family members show up for a vacation. Over the course of two days, cultures clash in difficult, poignant and sometimes hilarious ways. The film has an R rating for mature content, language, drug use and brief nudity.

Spike Lee directs "Red Hook Summer," available at select theaters. This sequel to "Do the Right Thing" (1989) follows a young boy from Atlanta. During one memorable summer, he spends time with his grandfather, who comes from a wildly different world. Not only is Brooklyn far from Georgia, but the boy's grandfather has deeply religious worldviews that shake up his grandson's life forever. The drama has an R rating for a disturbing situation, language and brief violence.

Continuing Films

"The Dark Knight Rises" is the third and final entry in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. After the events of "The Dark Knight," Bruce Wayne has drawn away from Gotham City, afraid that the city he loves no longer needs or wants his presence. In a world without Batman, however, villains have a chance to plot in the shadows. When it becomes clear that Bane could change Gotham City forever, Bruce Wayne decides to don his superhero cloak once again. The gritty film has a PG-13 rating for brief sensuality and intense sequences of action and violence.

In "Total Recall," Colin Farrell takes over the role that was originally played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Len Wiseman directs the remake, in which a factory worker has to come to terms with long-buried secrets about his past. After Douglas has virtual memories implanted in his mind, something snaps. Before long, the virtual memories have leaked into his everyday reality. Douglas will have to think quickly if he wants to survive and get to the bottom of the mystery. The PG-13 rating is due to brief nudity, language, mature content and intense violence.

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" follows the continuing saga of Greg Heffley, a kid who just wants to fit in. During the summer break, Greg tries to figure out how best to spend his time. He would like to pursue a relationship with Holly, but when she accidentally leaves the last two digits off her phone number, he is not sure how to get in touch with her. This is just the start of Greg's hilarious summertime misadventures. The teen comedy has a PG rating for rude humor. David Bowers directs.