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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Starring: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton

Directed by: Rupert Wyatt

Plot: Scientist Will Rodman tests out his experimental Alzheimer’s treatment on baby chimp Caesar and it has the unexpected result of making Caesar super intelligent. ¬†When Caesar is taken away from Will and mistreated by the corporation funding the treatment, Caesar devises a plan to escape and stage a primate revolution.

Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 85%

Critic Consensus: “Led by Rupert Wyatt’s stylish direction, some impressive special effects, and a mesmerizing performance by Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathes unlikely new life into a long-running franchise”

The Change Up

Starring: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin

Directed by: David Dobkin

Plot: Life long friends Mitch and Dave drunkenly wish for each other’s lives while peeing in a fountain and wake up with their bodies switched.

Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 25%

Critic Consensus: “There’s a certain amount of fun to be had from watching Bateman and Reynolds play against type, but it isn’t enough to carry The Change-Up through its crude humor and formulaic plot”

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