Create Game Lists on MeltedJoystick.com
FilmCrave home
   Movies  Members
Search +
Searching... Close  
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  
 
  Login Using Facebook
Twitter
 
     

New in Theaters August 10 - The Bourne Legacy, The Campaign and Hope Springs

View Chris Kavan's Profile

By Chris Kavan - 08/08/12 at 02:41 PM CT

After a couple of weeks of disappointing returns from the new films Hollywood has to offer, a trio of films targeting completely different audiences looks to finally give a rebound to the box office. In fact, if early predictions turn out to be true, The Dark Knight Rises could drop a whole two spots as both The Bourne Legacy and The Campaign are both proving to be better than expected, at least so far.

I'm giving the edge to The Campaign simply because I was lucky enough to be party to a sneak preview on Monday. Now, I admit I have yet to see an R-rated comedy this year, including the somehow incredibly popular Ted, but The Campaign managed to hit all the right notes and reminded me that Will Ferrell is still damn funny and Zach Galifianakis still has a lock on oddball comedy characters.Critics will probably not be nice to this film - it's crude, juvenile and, at times, incredibly stupid. But, unlike Anchorman and Old School - I actually liked this film right off the bat without having the film "grow" on me. I laughed plenty and my biggest gripe is that the movie is short - I'm sure the DVD will come loaded with extras. However, as sheer comedy, it worked for me and I think it will play well - and it certainly earns its R rating.


Will The Bourne Legacy be able to step out of Matt Damon's shadow and continue the franchise with Jeremy Renner at the helm? That is the big question, though from what I've seen in previews, I don't know if there is much here beyond a typical action film. Still, at least they're trying to tie it in: Joan Allen, Albert Finney, Scott Glenn and David Strathairn all reprise their roles from earlier Bourne films. This film is going to determine whether the franchise can survive with an original story, and without Damon. With The Dark Knight Rises still drawing most of the action crowd, it will be interesting to see how Legacy fares.


Finally we come to Hope Springs, which is looking to draw both an older audience and females and, as near as I can tell, is looking to capture the same success that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel drew earlier this year. It helps that walking Academy Award magnet Meryl Streep is heading the film, along with gruff every-man Tommy Lee Jones - who play a couple of 30 years looking to work on their relationship by attending a week-long, intense counseling session hosted by none other than Steve Carell. This films success or failure depends on whether the target audience shows up for it - the great cast is going to help, but I can't imagine this threatening the top spot for the weekend.


So, what will people be in the mood for? Action? Raunchy comedy? Dramedy? I just hope that things pick up, because there is only so much Batman can do for the box office, and fall isn't known as a time for great films, though there are always exceptions.

Comments
0 comments
Name: 

Avoid spam Captcha: Sign Up + or Log In +   
 
Bloggers
Recent Blog Posts
Archive

All Posts

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

 
Log In
Help on how to log into FilmCrave
Login with Facebook
Login with FilmCrave
 
 
What Members Are Doing
Movie Talk
New Movie Reviews
New Movie Lists
2016 Movies by Mr Cinema
Top Thriller Movies by Rod
My Blu Ray Collection by Yojimbo
movies of 2017 by skater4159
Top Sci-Fi Movies by Nolane
Movies Seen by Alena
2005 by Karmand
2017 Rated and Ranked by Chris Kavan

 

 

 

Contact FilmCrave Public Relations    

Advertise and Business

Developer API

Contact Us

Jobs

About us

SiteMap

 

Support FilmCrave

FAQ and Help

News and Press

Terms of Use

Privacy

   
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  
Are you sure you want to delete this blog?