Fans of the Bourne trilogy and Total Recall don’t have to wait any longer as The Bourne Legacy and the remake of Schwarzenegger’s classic kick off on August 3rd. In the former, Jeremy Renner plays CIA assassin Aaron Cross who is on a completely different kind of mission than Bourne. Joan Allen and Albert Finney reprise their same roles from the trilogy but new to the series are Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton. Hopefully, director Tony Gilroy will maintain the intensity and sophistication of the first three.
Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale will battle Bourne at the Box Office as Director Len Wiseman takes on the story of Douglas Quaid, an average man who learns his memories have been tampered with by the government.
Can separating from your spouse bring you a greater appreciation of who to spend your life with? In Celeste and Jesse Forever (August 3rd), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) and Andy Samberg (SNL), play a married couple that breaks up because they think they might be better as just friends. A comedy intermingled with sadness, it explores the eternal question; what is love, exactly?
Also in August, we get to see Steve Carell offer marriage counseling to Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep in Hope Springs. Opening August 10th, Director David Frankel’s (The Devil Wears Prada) romantic comedy tackles marriage woes as this midwestern couple decides to go away for a weekend to try and save their relationship.
Everything sparkles as Whitney Houston takes on the tunes of Curtis Mayfield in Sparkle (August 17th). A long time project for Houston, it features American Idol winner Jordin Sparks as a young woman who overcomes obstacles to follow her dreams as a singer. The 1976 musical starred Irene Cara. Houston plays Sparks' Mom who gives her the courage along the way.
Which movies are you looking forward to this August?
--- Leticia Cambre, blogs at artsynews.posterous.com