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Movie: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Starring: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow and Andy Serkis.
Released Nationwide: August 5, 2011
Stars: 3 1/2

James Franco's character of Will is trying to create a cure for Alzheimer's disease by testing a genetically engineered retrovirus on chimpanzees so that he can help his father (who suffers from the disease). The retrovirus gives the chimps increased intelligence, and after the chimp that seems to show the most improvement in intellect goes on a rampage after believing that her baby was threatened, the project is scrapped. Will takes the baby chimp home and raises him in secret, discovering that the increased intellect was passed on to the baby (which is named Caesar). Caesar soon becomes part of the family, and years later (after the retrovirus proves to no longer be effective), Caesar attempts to protect Will's father from perceived danger. Because of this, Caesar is forced to live in a primate sanctuary, and while there he becomes a dominant force amongst the other primates. He soon figures out how to free himself from his cage, as well as from the facility, and he gets a hold of a newer, more powerful version of the antivirus. After exposing the other primates to an airborne form, he attempts to free them all from their prison.

Here there be spoilers )

This one is worth checking out in at least a matinee format.
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Movie: Captain America: The First Avenger
Starring: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Dominic Cooper, Stanley Tucci, and Toby Jones.
Released Nationwide: July 22, 2011
Stars: 3 1/2

This film is based on the comic book about Captain America, a soldier during WWII who is routinely turned away from joining the army because of multiple issues with him not being physically desirable to be a soldier. However, he is picked to be a part of a program to turn him into the perfect soldier. Soon after he is changed by the program, sabotage takes the whole thing down and kills the scientist who is in charge of the research. After becoming the army's tool, the cap takes matters into his own hands and begins going after the man who is responsible for the killing of the scientist (and who is trying to kill pretty much everyone).

Here there be spoilers )

This one is worth the check-out, even if you have to pay the full price for it.

Super 8

Jun. 12th, 2011 04:58 pm
reviewthat: (Movies: Reel & Popcorn)
Movie: Super 8
Starring: Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Gabriel Basso, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, and Elle Fanning.
Released Nationwide: June 10, 2011

A group of friends are working on making an amateur zombie film that they are hoping will win at the festival that they are planning on entering it in. In the process of filming one of the scenes at a train station, they witness a massive derailment of a passing train, and the camera that they are using happens to catch something escaping from the wreckage. The military quickly takes over their town, looking for what escaped from the train, and bring it back into custody. All the while, the kids are trying to figure out what is going on while they are trying to evade capture by the military (and as they are trying to keep themselves from being killed).

Here there be spoilers )

This film does not live up to the hype that seems to surround Abrams these days, and it's probably better to either skip it, or wait until you can catch it in a matinee.


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