Opening this week in a theatre near you:
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
This is not a sequel to the 2001 film Planet of the Apes but the start of what FOX hopes is the beginning of a new franchise. James Franco is a research scientist working on a cure for Alzheimer’s, and he begins testing a new treatment on a chimpanzee named Caesar. The treatment is such a success that Caesar develops human-like intelligence. That’s when the trouble starts. It’s all about Ape vs. Man…and man is in big trouble.
What to Watch For: In the past “Planet of the Apes” films, human actors portrayed the apes and were dressed in costume. In this film, the apes are mostly courtesy of CGI animation.
Word on the Street: The big questions are: Can Franco, hot off of his Oscar-nominated performance in 127 Hours, open another blockbuster film? And, will audiences turn out for this reboot of a film series that has failed before?
After a night of drinking followed by men peeing into a magical fountain, married-with-kids, Jason Bateman, and his single best-friend, Ryan Reynolds, wake up to discover they have switched bodies in a Freaky Friday for adults sort of way. At first, they think the body-switch is a God-send, but both soon realize that “the grass isn’t always greener”.
What to Watch For: For a change, it’s Bateman who gets to be the “wild guy,” and Reynolds is the restrained one. So, let’s see if the writers who brought you The Hangover, and the director who introduced you to The Wedding Crashers, can conjure up another raunchy, R-rated comedy hit.
Word on the Street: Bateman’s character’s wife, actress Leslie Mann, totally steals the film as she rips away the spotlight from current “it girl” of-the-moment, Olivia Wilde.
Brit Marling (who also co-wrote the film) stars as a young woman who is on track to become an astrophysicist. On the same night that a duplicate planet in the solar system is discovered, she crashes into another car and kills two people. She must now come to terms with what she has done and decide her place in this new universe.
What to Watch For: Will the Indie audiences, especially the target audience of women, be willing to see a Sci-Fi movie?
Word on the Street: Star of the film, Brit Marling, is being courted to star in several mainstream features based on her powerful performance in this film.
If you can’t make it to the theatre, then stay at home to watch movies on CW 69 this weekend.
Saturday at 1:00 pm
Revenge (1990): Kevin Costner plays a recently retired fighter pilot, who goes to Mexico to visit an old friend, played by Anthony Quinn. Against his better judgment, Costner becomes involved with his friend’s wife, played by the beautiful Madeleine Stowe, and the trouble starts when Quinn finds out about the affair.
Saturday at 3:00 pm
11:14 (2003): 5 random people and 5 different stories, all about to come together one fateful night at 11:14 pm. An impressive cast, including Henry Thomas, Barbara Hershey, Hilary Swank and Colin Hanks, make up this story of murder and intrigue. Look for How I Met Your Mother’s Jason Segel to make an appearance in a small part.
Sunday at 2:30 pm
X-2: X-Men United (2003): The X-Men must deal with a mutant assassination attempt on the President and the backlash against mutants that it causes. Plus, there are plans to bring down Professor X and his school. The X-Men will be challenged like never before, and their survival will depend on whether or not they can band together.