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04 Aug

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

An origin story in the true sense of the word, Rise of the Apes is set in present day San Francisco. The film is a reality-based cautionary tale — a science fiction/science-fact blend where mankind’s hubris leads to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. Oscar-winning visual effects house WETA Digital – employing certain of the groundbreaking technologies developed for “Avatar” – will render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors. — (C) Fox

Scott’s Take

The trailer for ROPA looks fantastic.  Is there anything better than monkeys going ape shit? (No pun intended)  It’s a great way to start up a new series.  Don’t you want to know how the apes Mark Wahlberg and Charlton Heston stumbled upon ended up smarter than humans? I will be in line on Friday for a little monkey madness.

Steve’s Take

Yes, as Scott said, the trailer looks fantastic. I’m a little apprehensive about seeing this movie because I have never wanted to see one of the ape movies in the past. This one LOOKS good but I’m not sold. Scotty – let me know how it was.

The Change Up


Growing up together, Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave (Jason Bateman) were inseparable best friends, but as the years have passed they’ve slowly drifted apart. While Dave is an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three, Mitch has remained a single, quasi-employed man-child who has never met a responsibility he liked. Following a drunken night out together, Mitch and Dave’s worlds are turned upside down when they wake up in each other’s bodies and proceed to freak the &*#@ out. Despite the freedom from their normal routines and habits, the guys soon discover that each other’s lives are nowhere near as rosy as they once seemed. — (C) Universal Pictures

Scott’s Take

Is it me or has Jason Bateman been absolutely everywhere this summer? I swear I saw him in front of me in line at the grocery store yesterday.  Seriously, what a career revival.  We can say we have almost seen the opposite of Ryan Reynolds.  After divorcing Scarjo after their 26 minute marriage, he starred in the stinker of the summer The Green Lantern.  If there is anyone who desperately needs a hit, it’s Reynolds.  The good news is, I think he has one.  Every time I’m in a packed theater and this preview plays, it brings down the house.  Me personally, I’m not sure I want to see another movie about two people switching bodies.  It’s been done ad neasueam.

Steve’s Take

Another movie that I do not want to see this weekend. How many times to we have to see a movie about trading bodies? Same movies different actors. I’m glad that this weekend is my wife’s baby shower. What a bad weekend for new releases!

That’s all for this week.  An AVERAGE at best summer movie season is coming to a close.  The kiddies are about to head back to school and the shitfest at the cineplex is about to reign supreme.  Next week we have Final Destination 58. ENOUGH already.  We also have 30 Minutes or Less. The true story of a pizza delivery gone very,very bad.  Have a great week and get ready to get stuck in school zones.  

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