This week in Austell, the movies opening appear to be a mixture of films. As we know though, every weekend there are films that are released audiences on a grand scale know of and other films that are set in such limited releases we have to drive out of our way if we’ve even heard of them. Sadly there are not any films of the sort in limited release this week. The main films out this weekend that will have a lot of box office appeal are Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and The Change-Up. These films are currently at Movies 278 and Regal Cinemas Stadium 22 in Austell, in addition to various theaters in the Atlanta. Are these films worth seeing this weekend? Lets find out!
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
This writer can honestly say upon hearing about this project my eyes rolled a little bit. Then my opinion changed upon seeing the trailer. While the Planet of the Apes films have never been on top of my favorites list, Rise of the Planet of the Apes might be a different story. The basic plot behind the film is about scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) who is working on a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. The film takes place in San Francisco and is based around a chimpanzee named Caesar (Andy Serkis). When Rodman’s experiments lead to an enhanced intelligence for Caesar, the ape finds a way to distribute his “cure” and build an army of apes to overthrow the human race and assert themselves as the dominant species on Earth. The film also stars Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, and Tom Felton. With such talents, there will be disappointment if the film does not exceed or live up to expectations for this writer. According to Roger Ebert, “the movie has its pleasures, although human intelligence is not one of them.” However, he gives high praise to Andy Serkis for his performance as Caesar. With all the high praise that always comes after an Andy Serkis performance, this writer wishes he was in even more films than he has already been apart of to date. In addition, Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman gives the film a B- and states, “the biggest disappointment of the halfhearted, digitally impersonal Rise of the Planet of the Apes, apart from how just-okay it is in almost every way, is that the grandeur is gone.” Even with the reviews being what they are, this writer suggests taking a chance and viewing this film in theater. For Roger Ebert’s review on this film please click here. For Owen Gleiberman’s opinion please click here.
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Trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes is located to the left of the article.
Upon seeing the trailer for The Change-Up, I knew the film would be one to desire to see in theaters if time and money prove to be accessible. After reading some of the reviews, the desire has lessened. The film is about two best friends who lead entirely different lives. Mitch Planko (Ryan Reynolds) appears to live a stress-free life where he can sleep with whoever. In fact, he tries his best to continue being a man-child to have as little responsibility in life as humanly possible. Dave Lockwood (Jason Bateman) is married to a beautiful wife, Jamie Lockwood (Leslie Mann), and has three children. He is also a lawyer at a prestigious law firm that provides himself a life that would be desired by most people in life. One drunken night together, the two men wish they had each others lives and the Freaky Friday (1976) plot appears in yet another movie. According to the previews, the film does appear rather comical and to have loads of potential in terms of being a fan favorite. When one gets down to the reviews though there is another story. Roger Ebert basically rips the film a new one and goes as far to state that “anyone who enjoys this film cannot fairly be considered an adult.” Such harsh criticism seems to be the consensus all the way around. Entertainment Weekly’s Lisa Schwarzbaum states, “there’s one consolation, and that’s in watching the stars play opposite what is often their type of guy,” while giving the film a grade of C. As a whole, it sounds like this is the film for you over the weekend for some strictly mindless entertainment, and sometimes that is not such a bad thing in my opinion. For Roger Ebert’s review on this film please click here. For Lisa Schwarzbaum’s opinion please click here.
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The Change-Up trailer via VisoTrailers @ Youtube.com.
For theaters near you check out this extensive link to various theaters around Atlanta. For locations near and in Austell the safe bets are always Movies 278 and Regal Stadium 22 in Austell. And if you’re wondering what trailers tickle my fancy, Rise of the Planet of the Apes seems the way to go this weekend. No matter what you choose, remember to be informed in your decision making! Have a great weekend no matter what you see, folks!