KT: Opening this Week 8/5/11

Posted: August 5, 2011 in In Theatres, KT Personal

Opening this week, August 5, 2011:

Rise of the Planet of the Apes – I don’t know much of the lore of the Planet of the Apes franchise. I’ve never seen any of the originals, therefore I found the re-boot a few years back with Mark Wahlberg bearable. Looks like they are re-booting it again, from the beginnings of the Apes rise to power.

This movie looks intriguing – definitely a summer popcorn flick. With a cast with the likes of James Franco, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton (fresh off the last Harry Potter, and trying to reinvent himself as someone other than Draco Malfoy), and the always fantastic CGI-stuntman/actor, Andy Serkis, I feel like the chops are definitely there.From what I’ve gathered, this movie is going to be intensely fun, with moments of heart-wrenching emotion and some pretty great action sequences. I’m looking forward to seeing this one this weekend.

The Change-Up – Seems as if Hollywood will always go back to the proverbial drawing board and rehash the old-switcheroo movies from the 80’s, usually involving a father and son (I always preferred the one with Fred Savage and Judge Reinhold). This time, we see long-time friends Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds switching bodies and lives. Is there really anything to say about this film? I will say this: every time I see the trailer, I keep switching out Reynolds for Dane Cook. Don’t know why.  Definitely a rental.

And for those with tastes a little more independent:

The Whistleblower – This one definitely looks like an Oscar contender for Best Actress. In this based on true events film, Rachel Weisz stars as an American police officer who takes a job in Bosnia as a post-war peacekeeper. This film looks pretty intense and rather cerebral and has an R-rating for, among other things, a “brutal sexual assault.” Be warned readers – this gem of a movie may be hard to watch. Rounding out the cast is Vanessa Redgrave, David Strathairn and Monica Bellucci.

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