Davis: Hit and Run a nervy road trip

Dax Shepherd is probably best known for his role on TV’s Parenthood, but he is becoming more of a talent behind the camera.

Although The Expendables 2 grossed less than its predecessor on its opening weekend, it still helped the combined box office for all the movies playing this past weekend gross more than the same weekend last year.

With movies like The Bourne Legacy, Paranorman, The Campaign, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Hope Springs and The Dark Knight Rises still doing strong late summer business, it is not hard to see why.

Unfortunately, summer is winding down, and while the blockbusters are pretty much done, there is still a good selection of movies coming out.

Dax Shepherd is probably best known for his role on TV’s Parenthood, but he is becoming more of a talent behind the camera.  He not only stars in Hit and Run, but also serves as writer and co-director.

From the producers of The Wedding Crashers, Hit and Run is a romantic action comedy about a nice guy with a questionable past who escapes the witness protection program to deliver his fiancée to Los Angeles to seize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Their road trip grows awkwardly complicated as they are chased by a federal marshal as well is his former gangster pals.  Shepherd’s real-life fiancée, Kristen Bell, plays the same in the movie, which also stars Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Beau Bridges, Kristen Chenoweth and David Koechner.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has come a long way from his role of Tommy Solomon on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Since then he has starred in (500) Days of Summer, was acclaimed for his role in 50/50 and replaced James Franco in Christopher Nolan’s Inception which led to his role in The Dark Knight Rises.

Soon Gordon-Levitt will star in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, but for now you can see him in Premium Rush.  He stars as a New York bicycle messenger whose life is in danger everyday he heads out into traffic.  But he gets even more than he is used to when his last delivery of the day makes him the target of a dirty cop and a routine run turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan.

Premium Rush is written and directed by David Koepp, best known for writing the screenplays for Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible and Spiderman, but also served as director on movies like Secret Window, Stir of Echoes and The Trigger Effect.

The Apparition is a horror movie centred around a young couple who start experiencing frightening events in their home.  They soon discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment.

The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural, but even with his help they may be already too late to save themselves and others.

It stars Ashley Green (best known as Alice Cullen in the Twilight movies) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter Movies).

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