Reel Picks: More on movies playing this week


The Bourne Legacy (PG-13)

Jason Bourne on the lam again, this action-adventure has a new hero. The fourth in the exciting series based on the Robert Ludlum books. Starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, and Edward Norton.

The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13)

In this dark film about the dark knight, Batman meets his toughest opponent yet, as he takes on a special mission to fight the criminal, Bane, who is about to bring Gotham down even as the city has branded Batman an enemy. Directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy. 13th movie ever to earn $1 billion worldwide.

The Expendables 2 (R)

This action movie hall of fame adventure reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy task, but that wouldn’t give the stars a chance to flex their muscles or their stares. A quest for revenge puts them in enemy territory. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Liam Hemsworth, Randy Couture, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Novak Djokovic (yes, the tennis player, playing himself).

Hope Springs (PG-13)

A middle-aged couple married for 31 years face marriage sexual reality in an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship. Starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Elisabeth Shue, and Steve Carell, all turning in stellar comic performances.

Ruby Sparks (R)

From the directors of “Little Miss Sunshine,” a romantic comedy about a young struggling novelist who falls in love with a character he creates who comes to life. Starring Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, and Elliot Gould.

The Words (PG-13)

The multilevel story of a story about a wannabe writer who passes off a found manuscript as his own and faces unusual consequences, with a strong cast giving quality, nuanced performances. Starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, and Zoe Saldana.