Sunday, July 22, 2012

Hot Summer Films

By James Colt Harrison

The studios seem to invest all their energy into producing films for summer consumption. That’s why most of the big blockbusters and better films are released at this time. Small, intimate films have not been neglected, so audiences will find a few films that will please their sensibilities. Here’s a sample of what’s playing this summer.

The Bourne Legacy is without Matt Damon, but Jeremy Renner is on board as a new character who is a covert government-trained assassin. Rachel Weisz plays a civilian named Marta who inadvertently gets involved in the middle of the action. We cant’ tell you her secret and why she is important. Is she a spy? Is she an assassin? You’ll have to see the picture to find out.

The Dark Knight Rises is director Christopher Nolan’s third---and allegedly last--- attempt to explain the Caped Crusader. Now another muscle-bound star picks up the cape and roars through the city. That do-gooder is played by Welshman Christian Bale. Batman comes up against new villain and ferocious foe Bane, played by muscle-bound Tom Hardy in a face-covering mask. He’s also up against the vicious Catwoman, played by toothy Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables ), so sweet in the Princess Diaries films.

Celeste and Jesse Forever needed two adorable actors to lay the characters on screen. Young Andy Samberg (That’s My Boy) was cast as Jesse, and the lovely Rashida Jones (I Love You, Man) was perfect for Celeste.  This bittersweet romance shows what happens when two high school sweethearts get married and then decide to get a divorce. It gets very complicated for the young couple. There are laughs and tears in this adult-oriented film.

The Amazing Spider-Man was filmed in no-expense-spared 3D for extra thrills. Not that any Batman film needs extra chills and spills to keep the audience enthralled. The story takes us back a little in time so that Peter Parker is younger. Thus, Tobey Maguire has been replaced by Andrew Garfield, a dude who is younger and slimmer and fills the bill for the new Spidey. The story centers on Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), Parker’s first true love. A big change is Spidey’s nemesis this time around is Dr. Curt Conners, the Lizard, played by Brit Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill). Garfield is riding high theatrically now because of his Tony nomination for his role in Broadway’s Death of a Salesman. Now his movie career will take off with the iconic Spider-Man role.

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