New in Theaters: 'The Bourne Legacy', 'The Campaign', 'Hope Springs'

Posted 1:32 PM August 11th, 2012 by Binh Ngo

Jeremy Renner replaces Matt Damon as the face of the Bourne franchise, but The Bourne Legacy is not a direct sequel to 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum even though it has the same name as the fourth novel in the series. It's more accurate to call it a spinoff.

In the new movie, Renner stars as Aaron Cross, a guinea pig in a secret CIA program to produce super agents. Unlike Jason Bourne, these test subjects, of whom Cross is one, need to take colored pills at regular intervals to maintain their physical and mental prowess.

Because their covert operation is on the verge of being discovered, the program's handlers decide to shut it down by getting rid of the evidence. This means Cross has a target on his back and will spend most of movie being pursued. Remember those little pills? Cross will have to get his hands on more since his supply is running low.

The previous three Bourne movies have a Tomatometer of 86%, with the lowest being The Bourne Supremacy's 81% and the highest, 94%, belonging to The Bourne Ultimatum. The Bourne Legacy has a Tomatometer of 51%, which is the worst-reviewed movie of the bunch.

As an action-thriller, critics say The Bourne Legacy is above average with thrilling set pieces that keep viewers in the moment, but it can be too talky as well. Its main weakness is that as a Bourne movie, it doesn't move the story forward and feels like a stop gap until Jason Bourne returns.

The Bourne Legacy is projected to make $33-$46 million at the box office this weekend, but a $14 million Friday opening put that number at $40 million plus, which is a good start to make back its $125 million budget.

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis duke it out in a political campaign to win a congressional seat in Warner Bros' R-rated comedy The Campaign. The tactics they use give dirty politicians a bad name.

With a Tomatometer of 65%, The Campaign made enough critics chuckle to receive a Fresh designation at Rotten Tomatoes. The movie will make somewhere between $28-$30 million this weekend.

Hope Springs was released on Wednesday, and it stars Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep as a married couple who visit a relationship specialist, played by Steve Carell, to try and rejuvenate their marriage.

The movie won't garner big laughs like The Campaign, and there's no big message here, but the reason to watch this dramedy is to see Streep and Jones inhabit their characters. The has a Tomatometer of 77%.

Hope Springs already made $9 million thus far and its total is expected to be somewhere in the range of $15-$20 million over the weekend.

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