Movie Buzz: 8/17

17 Aug

The Bourne Legacy opened last weekend and earned top spot at the box office bringing in $38.1M.  The Campaign came in at number two, grossing $26.6M.  Hope Springs did well coming in at number 4, grossing $14.7M Let’s see how they did and if they were worth the money!

Note: We only review films in wide release.

The Bourne Legacy—PG-13 What’s the buzz? Mmmmmm, not much.  Both consumers and critics were at 50% for film enjoyment.  Considering it’s the fourth of a series, storyline was fairly predictable and yet there was still the thrill of the chase, mentally and physically. The Los Angeles Times says, “Complex, unexpected and dazzling, alternating relentless tension with resonant emotional moments, this is an exemplary espionage thriller that has a strong sense of what it wants to accomplish and how best to get there.”[1]

So is it worth the money? Yes

  • Box office rank: 1
  • Critics say: Metacritic- 61
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 56% (slightly damaged tomatoes)
  • Consumers say: Metacritic-6.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 60% (time for a blue and green pill)

The Campaign—R What’s the buzz? Two comedy greats, Farrell and Galifianakis, spar political banter and jokes in a film that couldn’t come at a better time!  Roger Ebert said, “The Campaign made me think of ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’ if it had been written by the Onion staff.”[2]

So is it worth the money? Yes

  • Box office rank: 2
  • Critics say: Metacritic- 49
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 67% (hardy, har, har!)49
  • Consumers say: Metacritic-6.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 60% (chuckle, giggle, snort!)

Hope Springs—PG-13 What’s the buzz? With a cast of Streep and Jones, what could go wrong?  A couple married for 31 years find themselves needing to “liven up” their marriage.  “This well-considered look at a long marriage that has lost its spark proves that old love is as fraught as any teenage crush and sex never fades as a source of contention.” –Los Angeles Times.[3]

So is it worth the money? Yes

  • Box office rank: 4
  • Critics say: Metacritic- 66
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 75% (close to harvesting)
  • Consumers say: Metacritic-6.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 70% (ripe)

What’s opening this week in theaters?

The Expendables 2  (64% rottentomatoes)

Paranorman (84% rottentomatoes)

The Odd Life of Timothy Green3 (40% rottentomatoes)

Cosmopolis (65% rottentomatoes) in select theaters


One Response to “Movie Buzz: 8/17”

  1. Comic Relief August 17, 2012 at 12:03 PM #


    When journalists want to discuss “the death of broadcasting” [1] or discuss “the rise of niche marketing” [2] both observers seem to want to state we all are not interested in the same things anymore.

    This realization is very different from what producers and advertisers expected some generations ago. With entirely different movies opening this week, audiences have no choice but to follow their individual interests, (and yet there is something for everyone).


    To read more:

    [1] …“In 1994, when ER debuted, NBC, CBS and ABC ruled TV. The fourth network, Fox, had no top-20 shows. Cable was flourishing but was hardly a threat.”,9171,1887840,00.html#ixzz23oYQD7RA

    [2] …“It is just five years since Facebook was founded in February 2004. Illustrating the extraordinary explosion in online social networking, Facebook today claims more than 140 million active users sharing more than 15 million pieces of content each month, including web links, news stories, blog posts, notes and photos.”

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