Baltimore City Paper

Hope Springs, The Campaign, Premium Rush, 2 Days in New York

Hope Springs (PG-13)

Steve Carell counsels Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones through their 30-year marriage, which has, predictably, hit a few bumps. There are plenty of problems to get through, starting with the usual bedroom ones. Carell's doc suggests solutions-some work (holding each other through the night proves easy enough), some don't (Streep tries to go down on Jones in a movie theater, with disastrous results). Every summer, a movie like this is released to give grown-ups a reprieve from the superheroes clogging the multiplex. At least this one has a terrific cast, even if, like a marriage, it hits some predictable bumps. (Michael Gallucci)


The Campaign (R)

When Cam Brady (Will Ferrell), the incumbent congressman of an off-the-map North Carolina district, finally gets an opponent in Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), the shit-slinging begins. Initially, Huggins doesn't stand a chance; his pug-loving persona and slight lisp get him branded with a scarlet O (for odd). After some help from a wealthy duo, Huggins finds his inner politician but loses his sense of decency. The movie's absurd accusations mirror current politics and add cheeky relevance to a plot riddled with dick jokes. Even though Ferrell plays his usual dumbass hot-shot,


The Campaign

can't quite compete with his best movies. Still, there are plenty of laughs, even if the ending teeters on the sentimental. (Christina Sterbenz)

Premium Rush (PG-13)

Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a New York City bike messenger who loves his fixed-gear bike because, as he puts it, you can never coast-you just have to keep pedaling. At the end of one particularly grueling day fighting traffic, he has one last package to deliver, but campus security stops him, demanding the package. Wilee refuses, triggering a hair-raising chase scene down the city's congested streets. Turns out the security guy is really a dirty cop (played by Michael Shannon) who needs the package to pay off a gambling debt. There aren't too many surprises in the end, but getting there is tons of fun. Setting the action in real time allows director and co-writer David Koepp to keep the adrenaline flowing-sorta like




. In fact, there are so many riveting cycling stunts in


Premium Rush

, they should have just called it "Ride." (Jeff Niesel)

2 Days in New York (R)

Director Julie Delpy juggles lots of themes in

2 Days in New York

. When Delpy's character, Marion, hosts her family, visiting from Paris, chaos ensues. Marion's elderly, slightly smutty dad (Albert Delpy); her envious, exhibitionist sister (Alexia Landeau); and her wildly inappropriate ex-boyfriend Manu (Alex Nahon) overturn the even-keeled peace that Marion and her live-in boyfriend, Mingus (Chris Rock), have achieved. The movie launches into a comical, rapid-fire exploration of meeting-the-folks moments, language and culture barriers, and relationship issues.


2 Days in New York

is a sequel enjoyed even without knowledge of its predecessor, 2007's

2 Days in Paris

. Delpy contextualizes the film from the outset, and nearly all of the characters-new and old-are comedic enough that one feels an instant affinity for them. The plot, once established, barrels along pleasantly, without a hitch. (Jenn Ladd)