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”