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"The Bourne Legacy" and "The Campaign" Open Nationwide

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- The Bourne Legacy: Jeremy Renner plays Aaron Cross, who essentially replaces the Jason Bourne character made famous by Matt Damon in the previous films in the series.  Cross is much like Bourne -- he's a trained assassin on the run.  Joan Allen, Albert Finney, Scott Glenn and David Strathairn are back in their Bourne roles, along with newcomers Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton.  Rated PG-13.  [Click here to read a review]

-- The Campaign: Will Ferrell stars as a long-term congressman from North Carolina who finds himself running against the director of a local tourism office, played by Zack Galifianakis.  Jason Sudeikis, John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd co-star in the comedy.  Rated R.  [Click here to read a review]

And opening in limited release:

-- Red Hook Summer: This Spike Lee-directed feature centers on a middle-class young boy from Atlanta who spends the summer with his deeply-religious grandfather in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  Jules Brown and Clarke Peters star.  Rated R.

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Movie Review: "The Campaign"

Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- In The Campaign, Will Ferrell is Cam Brady, an incumbent Texas congressman who says his values are whatever the polls say his values should be.  In other words, he has no values.  What he does have is a long list of scandals, the latest of which involves accidentally leaving a lewd message intended for his mistress on the answering machine of a devout Christian family.
The rich power players in Washington want Cam out, so they tap the son of a former political operative to run against him. That’s where Marty Huggins comes in. Played by Zach Galifianakis, Huggins is a mustachioed, effeminate, God-fearing misfit married father of two children. He’s also the town joke, a massive disappointment to his father and has probably never blurted an expletive in his life.
Not realizing he's a patsy, Huggins runs against Cam, assisted by campaign manager Tim Watley.  Played by Dylan McDermott, Watley is a slick, in-your-face, no holds barred, dirty political animal. He’s hilarious.  
Consistently low-brow and often hilarious, The Campaign stars two of the funniest people on the planet. Even if you disapprove of some of Will Ferrell’s most recent offerings, you can’t deny his inherent comic gifts, while Zach Galifianakis, is the funniest person on the planet.
The Campaign isn’t the smartest political satire you’ll ever see but it’s up there with some of the funniest.  It's an over-the-top political farce that speaks volumes about our political process.
Four out of five stars.

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