New movies: ‘The Bourne Legacy,’ ‘Hope Springs’
GateHouse News ServiceTHE BOURNE LEGACY
Jason Bourne saves his greatest trick for his fourth film by miraculously transforming from Matt Damon into Jeremy Renner. There’s also a new director in the form of the franchise’s chief writer, Tony Gilroy (“Michael Clayton”), but expect more of the same combination of duplicitous identities, corrupt officials and intense action. Joining Renner, who plays a completely new character, are fellow rookie cast members Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton.
Will Ferrell plays a veteran congressman whose re-election is seriously threatened by a lowly nincompoop played in a perfect bit of casting by Zach Galifianakis. Look for the political enemies to take their mudslinging and backstabbing literally. Jay Roach directs.
Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones play a long-married couple on the brink of divorce when they put their trust in a shrink (Steve Carell) to help them regenerate sparks. David Frankel (“The Devil Wears Prada”) directs.
Writer-director Todd Solondz (“Happiness,” “Welcome to the Dollhouse”) tells the “Marty”-like tale of a societal misfit (Jordan Gelber) finding true love with an equally screwed-up woman (Selma Blair). Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow co-star.
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN
An acclaimed documentary about the man they call “the Chicano Bob Dylan,” a long-forgotten musician whom two South African fans set out to find – and resurrect.
Director William Friedkin (“The French Connection,” “The Exorcist”) does something thought impossible: drawing a riveting performance from Matthew McConaughey, playing a maniacal Dallas detective moonlighting as a hit man. Thomas Hayden Church and Gina Gershon co-star.