Smart Apes, Switched Bodies, Flamethrowers, and More in Theaters This Weekend

August 4, 2011


In theaters this weekend:

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Starring: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto
Good if you want to see: super-smart apes take over the planet, starting with James Franco and all of San Francisco's helicopters. If only we had weapons powerful enough to defeat the likes of apes.

The Change-Up
Director: David Dobkin
Starring: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde
Good if you want to see: family guy and bachelor guy switch bodies, because they simultaneously pissed into a nomadic fountain on the very week that both of them had every important obligation of their lives.

And in limited release...

The Whistleblower (limited)
Director: Larysa Kondracki
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, David Strathairn
Good if you want to see: military uniforms, muted colors, handheld camera, constant, vague verbal warnings, and David Strathairn--which everyone knows is the exact recipe for Political Thriller.

Bellflower (limited)
Director: Evan Glodell
Starring: Evan Glodell, Tyler Dawson, Jessie Wiseman
Good if you want to see: some sort of commentary on male anger, violence, and misogyny that doubles as a break-up romance and an excuse for Evan Glodell to show off the awesome car and flamethrowers he built on a shoestring budget.

Magic Trip (limited)
Director: Alison Ellwood, Alex Gibney
Good if you want to see: a documentary following Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters on their 1964 road trip across the United States. Basically, it's people in a bus, on drugs.

Mysteries of Lisbon (limited)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
Starring: Adriano Luz, Maria Joao Bastos
Good if you want to see: an orphaned bastard child's questions about his origins leading to a vast, epic tale of a truly grand scale. By which I mean, among other things, it's over four-and-a-half hours long. So don't chug that Pepsi so fast, Cowboy.

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