Critics Consensus: Rise of the Planet of the Apes is Certified Fresh

Plus, The Change-Up could use some more laughs.

This week at the movies, we've got intelligent primates (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco and Freida Pinto) and a body swap (The Change-Up, starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman). What do the critics have to say?

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

82%

It seems we will never exhaust our collective need for Planet of the Apes movies. The 1968 sci-fi classic spawned four sequels, a remake, and now a prequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. And guess what? The critics say Rise is one of the best of the bunch, with dazzling effects, thought-provoking ideas, and plenty of action. While working on a cure for Alzheimer's, a brilliant scientist (James Franco) unintentionally gives a chimp named Caesar extraordinary intelligence; soon, the simian is questioning his place in the world, while passing on his superior brain power to his fellow apes. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a swingin' good time -- it's briskly paced, emotionally satisfying, and much smarter than your average blockbuster.

The Change-Up

25%

That staple of late-1980s cinema -- the body switching comedy -- is back full force with The Change-Up. However, some things should be left dormant, and critics say the subgenre that sired 18 Again and Dream a Little Dream is one of them -- they find The Change-Up to be an oddly sour, gimmicky comedy that never establishes a consistent tone. Two old friends -- one a married, overworked lawyer (Jason Bateman), the other a single softcore actor -- relieve themselves in a magic fountain and find that they have switched bodies. At first, they each enjoy a change of scenery, but isn't the grass always greener on the other side? The pundits say that although Reynolds and Bateman each do a good job of playing the other, they're stuck in a sophomoric comedy that veers between gross-out gags and schmaltz. (Check out this week's Total Recall, in which we run down some of cinema's most memorable body swaps.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Bellflower, an indie action flick about a pair of weapon-manufacturing friends preparing for the Apocalypse, is at 89 percent.
  • Cold Fish, a horror/black comedy about a seafood vending-couple who are also brutal serial killers, is at 71 percent.
  • Mysteries of Lisbon, an operatic Portuguese drama about an orphan who goes looking for the truth of his origins, is at 71 percent.
  • The Whistleblower, starring Rachel Weisz and Monica Bellucci in a drama about a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia who uncovers a human trafficking ring, is at 62 percent.
  • Magic Trip, a documentary about Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' acid-fueled 1964 cross country trek, is at 62 percent.
  • Gun Hill Road, a drama about a man just released from prison who finds his family has gone through some dramatic changes, is at 54 percent.
  • The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll, about a troubled rock star and his guitar-wiz buddy rekindling their friendship, is at zero percent.

Comments

Isaac

Isaac H

I wasn't expecting such positive reviews for Planet of the Apes. I may have to take an extra trip to the cinema this summer after all.
As for The Change-Up, pretty much what I was expecting. Doesn't look like the whole "from the writers of The Hangover" ad campaign is gonna get them anywhere with that. Looks like that screenwriting team found magic once and only once.

Aug 4 - 05:45 PM

Swampfox

Pat Marion

I want to see Planet of the Apes. I wanted to see it from the original trailer, and then they released the 2nd or 3rd trailer and made it look truly amazing.

I am genuinely excited to see it.

Aug 4 - 05:52 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

Definitely was not expecting Rise of the Return of the Revenge of the Wrath of the Fury of the Battle of the Planet of the Apes to be fresh at all, interesting... I was planning on seeing it this weekend anyway, but the Fresh rating gives me a lil' more boost in enthusiasm for it.


Anyway, what do you guys think of The Man of Steel's pic? It's okay I guess. Not sure about the "scales" on the suit. The way he's pictured looks more Bizzaro than Superman, looking all evil and whatnot. I'm starting to think the "dark, gritty and realistic" tone of a superhero film can only go so far, but Zack Snyder works well with adapted material and with Nolan behind him it should be interesting.

Aug 4 - 05:57 PM

The Dude

Gene Arnold

Well considering how we have another 2 years before the film is released, Man of Steel will defiantly be interesting to see if it works. Christopher Nolan can do only so much for a film. Hopefully Zach Synder cuts back on the Green screen for Man of Steel. I don't care if it's very dark and edge though, I just want a good Superman film.

Aug 4 - 06:11 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

The thing that immediately caught my eye about the Superman pic is that it looks nothing like Henry Cavill.

Aug 4 - 06:38 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

I was JUST going to say that. It almost makes him look like the All-State guy who causes all the accidents.

"I'm the guy flying over Metropolis, causing you to not look where you are going and crash into another car. I'm the guy deflecting chunks of buildings being throw at me, the debris cracking your windshield. I'm the one who attracts superhuman baddies that make insurance premiums in the city go sky-high. I'm Mayhem."

Aug 4 - 06:56 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

LMAO Dude I was reading your comment and looked up in the corner of my laptop screen at the pic of Superman, and I burst into tears! He does look like he's about to say "I'm a superhero, that fights crime and stops the badguys, while your car happens to be in the path of destruction..." LMAO!!!

Aug 4 - 07:02 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

Awesome. Glad someone else could see it too!

Aug 4 - 07:12 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

Yeah I was surprised, I thought he looked like someone else. But for the week's really interesting pics: how about those The Dark Knight Rises on set shots? Bane looks a little less badass than I thought, but he still looks a lot like the comic book one.

Aug 4 - 09:20 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

I've actually decided to completely ignore all DKR pics leading up to the premiere since the on-set pics really bummed me out with how underwhelming they are.

Aug 4 - 09:33 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

I am actually going to skip the trailers for it, I want to go into the movie blindly, only knowing Bane is there and that's it. I have found that I get a lot of enjoyment from good movies that I know nothing about over good movies where I am guessing the plot or waiting for something that I saw in the trailer to happen. I didn't think the pics were bad, except for a fight one where Batman looked kinda lame. But the rest looked promising.

Aug 4 - 09:37 PM

Top Hat

John Miller

I guess it's just me, but I think he looks like an angry George Reeves.

Aug 4 - 10:48 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

This Super-Man is nothing of the sort. He kinda looks like drunk Superman from Superman 3.

Aug 5 - 07:20 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

LOL. Invoking Zod. Too funny. But I totally disagree. He looks TOUGH!!!!!! The first damn live action Superman to actually look TOUGH and everybody's trippin'. I feel like I"m in the Twilight Zone sometimes on these boards.

Aug 10 - 08:55 AM

Captain Terror

Captain Terror

His hairstyle is a bit too "late-70s Travolta" for my tastes.

Aug 5 - 05:22 AM

seanmprd78

Sean Guyon

I was wondering what the deal with his hair was too. I'm not saying he has to have the curl in the front, but it doesn't look like Superman for some reason.

Aug 5 - 06:44 AM

Confounded

Matthew Bertram

And the curl is with the times? Would you prefer a Jersey Shore cut for the new, updated Superman?

Aug 5 - 07:26 AM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

The slutty midget from jersey shore could be lois lane and do some back flips

Aug 5 - 07:43 AM

Captain Terror

Captain Terror

It looks like a 'do that requires a lot of upkeep is all I'm sayin'. If I'm saving the world 24/7 I think I'd go with something simpler. You don't want to spend more time blow-drying than Lois does.

(I'm only havin' a little fun here. The picture looks fine to me.)

Aug 5 - 07:57 AM

Confounded

Matthew Bertram

I just like that he looks like he's getting pissed. I'm sick of every promotional Superman picture since the original having him with his hands on his hips looking up at the sky like a WWII propaganda poster. I get it, he's the most popular superhero of all time. He's DCs staple (I won't get into a Batman/Superman argument). I say if we want to relate to him better, let's make him more human. Let his temper flare. I'd like to see him stop a lowly bank robber by completely crushing the hand pointing a gun at an innocent teller. None of this harmlessly disarming them with ultimate power and a quick, "they're all yours, boys" to the cops before flying off to cheers and claps from the onlookers. I want a brawler.

Aug 5 - 09:26 AM

Captain Terror

Captain Terror

Yes, the giant crushed vault door is a good sign if you ask me. After the last movie, I'm hoping for less moping and more vault-door-crushing.

Aug 5 - 10:44 AM

seanmprd78

Sean Guyon

You really need to learn some reading comprehension. Go back and read what I posted again.

Aug 5 - 01:00 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Anybody see the new Catwoman picture from TDKR's? Looks a little generic to me. Just a basic cat suit and some high tech sunglasses. Little underwhelming after Pfeiffer's Cat Woman. I know Nolan is going for more realism in his movie's, but you have to consider the Superman factor as well for believability. Is anyone who's met Selina Kyle NOT going to know she's Catwoman because she's wearing sunglasses?

Aug 5 - 08:47 AM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

I had just come here to reply to Noah that I changed my vote from "satisfying" to "very lackluster" first images of TDKR. I still have high hopes for the movie but her in the batpod with some sunglasses and a latex suit made me really miss Michelle Pfeiffer

Aug 5 - 09:23 AM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

Could it be that this is Selena pre-Catwoman getup? She's either working with Bats or stole his pod I guess. I also don't think the 2 scenes on the steps are Anne. Looks like a stuntwoman.

Aug 5 - 12:30 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

@Brad- It is DEFINITELY a stunt woman. One of the pics of Batman isn't Bale, either, you can tell by the guy's lower face that he is a stunt man. My favorite of the pictures was the one where Bale is scratching Tom Hardy's skull while they prepare to film the fight scene.

Aug 5 - 01:23 PM

algreen99

AL Green

Do I like the suite in Batman Begins better than the owl looking 100 piece new suite? Yes. Do I hope that there is more to Catmans costume from the neck up? Yes. Does the comicbook nerd in me think that Bane being the same height as Batman in this movie is a little weird? Yes. Was i hoping for a sleeker or at least updated version of the *batmobile*? Yes. But here is the deal - When it comes to Nolan I will not worry until I see the whole entire movie. The guy for the most part has not let me down yet so lets not get too worried. Remember, people were worried about the Joker in TDK before the previews and ultimately the movie came out.

Aug 5 - 10:10 AM

algreen99

AL Green

I wrote Catman haha - Catwomans custome*

Aug 5 - 11:47 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

Agreed... On everything but the suit. His new suit makes more sense for the simple fact that he can turn his head. lol

Aug 9 - 09:07 AM

Confounded

Matthew Bertram

You can't see Marion Cotillard in that outfit and tell me she's not playing Talia.

Aug 5 - 10:37 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

The actual suit does not bother me too much, it looks practical while still being skin tight leather like we imagine Catwoman to wear. The glasses do confuse me a little, as they look like something out of a sci-fi movie. I'm not jumping on board the hate train just yet, though, I have faith in Nolan. And I like that The Tumbler is not only coming back, but that Batman (if it is him using it, of course, anything is possible in this flick) has the original one scene in Batman Begins with the desert camo instead of the black finish. Makes me think that there is going to be a real sense of urgency in this movie, since Batman is using the stock one Fox introduced him to, and not his custom one. Also, did anybody notice any of the details in the pics? The scene is in the middle of the day, and Batman usually only operates at night, and if he goes out in the day, it is usually Bruce Wayne just being sneaky and not him dressed in the full get up. Again, makes me think of the movie being urgent. Also, it is either snowing or that is ash falling from the sky from some place exploding. And the last thing I noticed was all of the dead/wounded/fighting police officers and guys dressed in military fatigues, like mercenaries. Bane is wearing something similiar, so my money is them being his goons. And Cotillard being here is also interesting, because it fuels rumors of her being Talia Al-Ghul. This seems like it could be the climax of the movie, with Batman, Bane, Catwoman, and Cotillard all being in the midst of what looks to be a rather big fight.

Aug 5 - 01:18 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

At this point, after the last set of pics was released, I decided that I will stop looking at pics/trailers for this mainly because I do not want to be speculating for a whole year what is going to happen or who is gonna be what. Or if they are right for the role (I dont think Hathaway is right for Catwoman since she is not a bombshell, but she can definitely make it work regardless). So I think I will just patiently wait and know that Nolan is not going to have his first piece of crap movie with this one. Maybe later he will have a bad movie, but it is most likely not going to be TDKR.

Aug 5 - 02:50 PM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

Funny, I was thinking the photos of Bane and Catwoman looked a little more comic book-y than Nolan typically goes for. I knew Selina Kyle would dress in black and maybe sport a pair of goggles but a catsuit? Didn't expect that from Nolan. I like the ultra realistic tone in The Dark Knight but I also miss some of the fantasy elements from Batman Begins. Maybe TDKR will combine them both.

Aug 6 - 04:18 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

You know, DJ. Speaking of that, without saying too much, I hear there is a big spoiler in this one that will speak to that last remark.

Aug 9 - 02:01 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

Lenny, how in the hell does he look "evil"??

Aug 10 - 08:30 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

I mean, it's clearly a shot of an action sequence. So he's in a fight. What would you have him do, smile and wink?

Aug 10 - 08:32 AM

dudemeister

dude meister

Called an 85% or so for Apes. Looks fantastic, hope to see it soon. Shame about the Change-Up, we were having a good streak with comedies there.

Aug 4 - 05:58 PM

Jack Torrance

Ronald Mcdonald

this summers comedies are just being overrated, and im glad this is the first one thats being called on its inoffensive, weak bullshit.

That being said, i'm hella surprised about Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and i want to see it now.

Aug 4 - 06:59 PM

Kwah

Juan Juan

I will never exhaust my personal need for Freida Pinto movies.

Mmmmmmm, Freida. . .

Aug 4 - 06:05 PM

redrooster0

Charlie Voelker

You took the words straight out of my mouth lol

Aug 4 - 09:14 PM

General Wiz

Carlos Flores

I'm glad to see such praise for apes, hopefully it can make 40 million this weekend. I also wonder about Andy serkis Oscar nom chances. I remember in 2010 their was talk that the girl from avatar my get a nom, luckily that didn't happen. Maybe Andy may do it here. I would say it's the most praised performance of the year so far. He should at least het a honorary one at some point, with all the great work he has done over the years.

Aug 4 - 06:06 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Serkis did not get one for Gollum, and he definitely deserved one for that role, probably even should have won, so I am not too confident in him getting an Oscar nom for playing Caesar. I am interested to see if the Academy will start embracing performance capture, though, since the technology probably will be a large part of the future for cinema. They are using it for The Hulk in The Avengers, too.

Aug 4 - 06:29 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

Serkis not getting nominated for Gollum in either Two Towers or Return of the King is a snub that is not talked about as often as it should be. He really did deserve some Oscar love for that character.

Aug 4 - 08:01 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

Amen!

Aug 4 - 09:54 PM

seanmprd78

Sean Guyon

The Oscars have been a joke to me ever since the Saving Private Ryan robbery. Ever since, I couldn't care less what they nominate. It's just a case of actors, director, producers and the like patting themselves on the back, and trying to tell everyone how artistically, they are all geniuses. For the life of me, this is the only reason I can think for Shakespeare in Love winning that year.

Aug 5 - 07:37 AM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

While I still enjoy and watch the Oscars every year, I agree that the Saving Private Ryan mishap was an absolute travesty. Biggest joke of all time.

Aug 5 - 12:25 PM

anDy

Andreas Babs

In a sense, it's becoming the new "make up". They put the same amount of work that actors do, so why not embrace this new technology?
If anybody deserves to be the first guy to be nominated for a cgi performance, it's this guy. Serkis is brilliant.

Aug 4 - 10:16 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

In the unlikely event that Serkis gets a nom for Caesar, it will be more of a stunt by the Academy to be hip.

Aug 5 - 07:26 AM

anDy

Andreas Babs

Meh you could be right King.
They did make Franco and Hathaway the hosts last time for that very reason.
Even if they did, though, at least Serkis will get the recognition he deserves. =P

Aug 5 - 07:46 AM

Geoff O.

Love Stallion

Not gonna happen. The Academy is adamant about an actor needing to appear on-screen to be nominated. I think it's dumb, too, because the same physicality is involved as if the actor were on screen. Perhaps they'll rethink it in the future, but allowing nominations for motion capture is a slippery slope.

Aug 4 - 09:12 PM

anDy

Andreas Babs

Maybe have a "voice actor/motion capture performance" category, especially this day in age. They allowed "best animated feature" when it was due, so it's not like the oscars aren't trying to keep up with the times. With so many animated and cgi films now, I think this could work as a very good minor category so people like the revolutionary Andy Serkis get the credit they deserve (and yes he is revolutionary. Name someone else who has changed the way digitally created characters can express emotions the way he has).
If they won't allow mo-cap acting or voice acting to compete with the "big dogs", why not have them compete with each other?

Aug 4 - 10:14 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

I think thats a great idea. They should make an oscar for voice acting/mo cap. Serkis definitely has taken it to the next level but there are a lot of unsung voice heros out there who never won anything. Nowadays big names do the voice acting for movies, but back in the day there were more "pure" voice actors who never got anything for their great work. I know the academy doesnt read these boards or actually cares for what we say, but I hope they keep up with the times.

Aug 5 - 10:20 AM

TheAnimatorRator

Megan Gierasch

Props for the idea of voice acting category. I thought they should do that awhile ago, but still no. Its actually quite difficult if you try it (EX: Read a book out loud with a different voice for each character. Gets tiring). Hell it doesn't even need to be for animation, It can be a voice over of some sort too.

Aug 5 - 08:28 PM

CFM

'schak Attack

Fuck the Academy Awards. Andy Serkis is fantastic. He doesn't need their crummy validatation. Andy Serkis is just fantastic. End of story.

Aug 5 - 08:25 AM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

I miss your old name.

Aug 5 - 08:35 AM

Alex L.

Alex Lavoie

Cant wait to see that ape movie, some call it the District 9 of 2011. Maybe the summer will not be that bad (superhero overdose anyone?) afterall.

Aug 4 - 06:08 PM

CFM

'schak Attack

Apes looks really good, but... ...well, if it's anywhere close to being this summer's District 9, then it's a damn fine movie indeed.

Aug 5 - 08:27 AM

The Dude

Gene Arnold

Might be seeing Rise of the Planet of the Apes at midnight. I will most likely see it this weekend. I've read a lot of the reviews for The Change-Up and most them say it's pretty funny. I might rent it or see it for a very, very cheap show. I can watch Jason Bateman in anything. I love the guy because of his work on Arrested Development. Ryan Reynolds however is getting a little annoying. Green Lantern was a disappointment and he is being overexposed.

Aug 4 - 06:08 PM

movieman

Noah Simon

rly? the reviews i read said it was damn crappy...
idk i read a lot off of rt and joe morgenstern- he's my fav critic
DEFINITELY seeing RotPotA this weekend!
The Change-Up can wait until DVD if that.
Was excited for Whistleblower until such mixed reviews.

Aug 4 - 06:26 PM

The Dude

Gene Arnold

Well some of them did say it has it's moments of humor. Besides, I love Jason Bateman so I'd watch him in anything.

Aug 4 - 07:05 PM

CFM

'schak Attack

Agreed!

Aug 5 - 08:28 AM

The Dude

Gene Arnold

Well considering how we have another 2 years before the film is released, Man of Steel will defiantly be interesting to see if it works. Christopher Nolan can do only so much for a film. Hopefully Zach Synder cuts back on the Green screen for Man of Steel. I don't care if it's very dark and edge though, I just want a good Superman film.

Aug 4 - 06:11 PM

THEREWOLF

Markus Arbutina

Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!

Aug 4 - 06:11 PM

Trufire

Josh Hines

Spoiler...but not really....but that line does make an apperence in the movie. ;)

Aug 4 - 06:54 PM

MAMOVIES

Matheus Cassiano

One of my favorites movie lines.

Aug 4 - 07:00 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Man has this year been ass backwards for movies! The two prequels to franchises taht have been run into the ground are two of the best reviewed movies of the summer?? And they're both FOX movies (I am referring to First Class in addition to Apes)??? I am probably going to catch Rise with my old man since he is a big fan of the originals, hope it is as good as the reviews say, because this summer has been pretty dry on great movies.

Aug 4 - 06:25 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

I was just thinking the same thing. This year, ESPECIALLY this summer, has been one of the most offbeat and strangest years in movies. Honestly, who was expecting Fast Five to actually be Certified Fresh? Who thought Insidious would get good reviews? Who thought Harry Potter 7.2 would be the best reviewed film in the franchise? The X Men series, like Fast & Furious, is 5 movies in and the 5th film came out being the best in both franchises? Planet of the Apes getting good reviews? All 3 of the Marvel Comics films get good reviews? Pixar getting their first "Rotten" film with Cars 2 (though I kinda saw that coming)? This, and the summer comedies somehow being the underdogs of the season with Bridesmaids, Horrible Bosses and Crazy Stupid Love makes this year one of the weirdest I've ever seen. All I need now is Final Destination 5 to be Certified Fresh and this year is a complete shock.

Aug 4 - 06:36 PM

Alexson Philip

Alexson Philipiah

lmaooo sooooo tru lenny.BUT i doubt final destination will be...it doesn't seem like anything about it is different. the trailer is still crappy. BUT fast 5 had a pretty action packed fun trailer...so idk...ALso, I am pretty surprised by planet of the apes, I was expecting it to be either just good or garbage...TOtally gotta check it out now.

Aug 4 - 06:43 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Fast Five was the same thing as the previous movies, and somehow it still ended up Certified Fresh (which I do not agree with, at all), so do not count Final Destination 5 out of the mix.

Aug 4 - 07:34 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

Exactly, King. I HATED the first two Fast movies (never saw 3 or 4) - but the critics tricked me into seeing it. They compared it to The Italian Job (which I love). I was so pissed after walking out of the theater.

Aug 4 - 08:53 PM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

Don't forget, Friends with Benefits also got good reviews. And a Woody Allen movie was a critical and financial success for the first time in a long while. This year has been ripe with GOOD movies. Unfortunately, I have yet to see a GREAT movie. The overall quality of mainstream movies is leaps and bounds better this year than in recent years which could be why nothing really stands out.

Aug 4 - 06:46 PM

Jeremy D.

Jeremy Dion

I agree that I still haven't seen a movie this year that WOWed me. Lots of good movie though but nothing spectacular.

Aug 4 - 06:54 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

If Final Destination 5 ends up being Certified Fresh, I swear I will never try to predict the quality of a movie before it comes out ever again, because that would be an absolute stunner (it obviously won't happen though).

Aug 4 - 08:09 PM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

Hey, the director's only rated film is a at 84%, ya never know. But even if Final Destination 5 was the best movie that could be possibly made using that plot/gimmick, it wont get above 50. Its a stupid series. It's essentially a monster or serial killer movie with no monster or serial killer. Besides, death could use his/her/its time more wisely by playing Mouse Trap or domino toppling for money.

Aug 4 - 08:22 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

@misterkyle1901- The director's only movie is the documentary Aliens of the Deep, which was he co-directed with James Cameron, who is kind of, ya know, good at what he does.

Aug 5 - 07:31 AM

Ken W.

Ken Wolfson

considering the amount of surprises this year so far, it probably will be.

Aug 5 - 01:42 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

Final Destination 5 looks like a torture porn flick. The reviews will be better than the last one but still rotten.

Aug 6 - 04:30 PM

movieman

Noah Simon

rly? the reviews i read said it was damn crappy...
idk i read a lot off of rt and joe morgenstern- he's my fav critic
DEFINITELY seeing RotPotA this weekend!
The Change-Up can wait until DVD if that.
Was excited for Whistleblower until such mixed reviews.

Aug 4 - 06:26 PM

The Dude

Gene Arnold

Well some of them did say it has it's moments of humor. Besides, I love Jason Bateman so I'd watch him in anything.

Aug 4 - 07:05 PM

CFM

'schak Attack

Agreed!

Aug 5 - 08:28 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Serkis did not get one for Gollum, and he definitely deserved one for that role, probably even should have won, so I am not too confident in him getting an Oscar nom for playing Caesar. I am interested to see if the Academy will start embracing performance capture, though, since the technology probably will be a large part of the future for cinema. They are using it for The Hulk in The Avengers, too.

Aug 4 - 06:29 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

Serkis not getting nominated for Gollum in either Two Towers or Return of the King is a snub that is not talked about as often as it should be. He really did deserve some Oscar love for that character.

Aug 4 - 08:01 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

Amen!

Aug 4 - 09:54 PM

seanmprd78

Sean Guyon

The Oscars have been a joke to me ever since the Saving Private Ryan robbery. Ever since, I couldn't care less what they nominate. It's just a case of actors, director, producers and the like patting themselves on the back, and trying to tell everyone how artistically, they are all geniuses. For the life of me, this is the only reason I can think for Shakespeare in Love winning that year.

Aug 5 - 07:37 AM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

While I still enjoy and watch the Oscars every year, I agree that the Saving Private Ryan mishap was an absolute travesty. Biggest joke of all time.

Aug 5 - 12:25 PM

anDy

Andreas Babs

In a sense, it's becoming the new "make up". They put the same amount of work that actors do, so why not embrace this new technology?
If anybody deserves to be the first guy to be nominated for a cgi performance, it's this guy. Serkis is brilliant.

Aug 4 - 10:16 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

In the unlikely event that Serkis gets a nom for Caesar, it will be more of a stunt by the Academy to be hip.

Aug 5 - 07:26 AM

anDy

Andreas Babs

Meh you could be right King.
They did make Franco and Hathaway the hosts last time for that very reason.
Even if they did, though, at least Serkis will get the recognition he deserves. =P

Aug 5 - 07:46 AM

Bradley J.

Bradley J

Might have to see Apes now with the positive reviews.

Aug 4 - 06:31 PM

TheAnimatorRator

Megan Gierasch

Yeah, so now Im skipping out of Cowboys & Aliens for this. If I could go back in time and tell myself what Im about to do now Im sure I would've called myself compleatly mental.

Aug 5 - 08:33 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

I was just thinking the same thing. This year, ESPECIALLY this summer, has been one of the most offbeat and strangest years in movies. Honestly, who was expecting Fast Five to actually be Certified Fresh? Who thought Insidious would get good reviews? Who thought Harry Potter 7.2 would be the best reviewed film in the franchise? The X Men series, like Fast & Furious, is 5 movies in and the 5th film came out being the best in both franchises? Planet of the Apes getting good reviews? All 3 of the Marvel Comics films get good reviews? Pixar getting their first "Rotten" film with Cars 2 (though I kinda saw that coming)? This, and the summer comedies somehow being the underdogs of the season with Bridesmaids, Horrible Bosses and Crazy Stupid Love makes this year one of the weirdest I've ever seen. All I need now is Final Destination 5 to be Certified Fresh and this year is a complete shock.

Aug 4 - 06:36 PM

Alexson Philip

Alexson Philipiah

lmaooo sooooo tru lenny.BUT i doubt final destination will be...it doesn't seem like anything about it is different. the trailer is still crappy. BUT fast 5 had a pretty action packed fun trailer...so idk...ALso, I am pretty surprised by planet of the apes, I was expecting it to be either just good or garbage...TOtally gotta check it out now.

Aug 4 - 06:43 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Fast Five was the same thing as the previous movies, and somehow it still ended up Certified Fresh (which I do not agree with, at all), so do not count Final Destination 5 out of the mix.

Aug 4 - 07:34 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

Exactly, King. I HATED the first two Fast movies (never saw 3 or 4) - but the critics tricked me into seeing it. They compared it to The Italian Job (which I love). I was so pissed after walking out of the theater.

Aug 4 - 08:53 PM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

Don't forget, Friends with Benefits also got good reviews. And a Woody Allen movie was a critical and financial success for the first time in a long while. This year has been ripe with GOOD movies. Unfortunately, I have yet to see a GREAT movie. The overall quality of mainstream movies is leaps and bounds better this year than in recent years which could be why nothing really stands out.

Aug 4 - 06:46 PM

Jeremy D.

Jeremy Dion

I agree that I still haven't seen a movie this year that WOWed me. Lots of good movie though but nothing spectacular.

Aug 4 - 06:54 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

If Final Destination 5 ends up being Certified Fresh, I swear I will never try to predict the quality of a movie before it comes out ever again, because that would be an absolute stunner (it obviously won't happen though).

Aug 4 - 08:09 PM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

Hey, the director's only rated film is a at 84%, ya never know. But even if Final Destination 5 was the best movie that could be possibly made using that plot/gimmick, it wont get above 50. Its a stupid series. It's essentially a monster or serial killer movie with no monster or serial killer. Besides, death could use his/her/its time more wisely by playing Mouse Trap or domino toppling for money.

Aug 4 - 08:22 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

@misterkyle1901- The director's only movie is the documentary Aliens of the Deep, which was he co-directed with James Cameron, who is kind of, ya know, good at what he does.

Aug 5 - 07:31 AM

Ken W.

Ken Wolfson

considering the amount of surprises this year so far, it probably will be.

Aug 5 - 01:42 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

Final Destination 5 looks like a torture porn flick. The reviews will be better than the last one but still rotten.

Aug 6 - 04:30 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

The thing that immediately caught my eye about the Superman pic is that it looks nothing like Henry Cavill.

Aug 4 - 06:38 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

I was JUST going to say that. It almost makes him look like the All-State guy who causes all the accidents.

"I'm the guy flying over Metropolis, causing you to not look where you are going and crash into another car. I'm the guy deflecting chunks of buildings being throw at me, the debris cracking your windshield. I'm the one who attracts superhuman baddies that make insurance premiums in the city go sky-high. I'm Mayhem."

Aug 4 - 06:56 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

LMAO Dude I was reading your comment and looked up in the corner of my laptop screen at the pic of Superman, and I burst into tears! He does look like he's about to say "I'm a superhero, that fights crime and stops the badguys, while your car happens to be in the path of destruction..." LMAO!!!

Aug 4 - 07:02 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

Awesome. Glad someone else could see it too!

Aug 4 - 07:12 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

Yeah I was surprised, I thought he looked like someone else. But for the week's really interesting pics: how about those The Dark Knight Rises on set shots? Bane looks a little less badass than I thought, but he still looks a lot like the comic book one.

Aug 4 - 09:20 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

I've actually decided to completely ignore all DKR pics leading up to the premiere since the on-set pics really bummed me out with how underwhelming they are.

Aug 4 - 09:33 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

I am actually going to skip the trailers for it, I want to go into the movie blindly, only knowing Bane is there and that's it. I have found that I get a lot of enjoyment from good movies that I know nothing about over good movies where I am guessing the plot or waiting for something that I saw in the trailer to happen. I didn't think the pics were bad, except for a fight one where Batman looked kinda lame. But the rest looked promising.

Aug 4 - 09:37 PM

Top Hat

John Miller

I guess it's just me, but I think he looks like an angry George Reeves.

Aug 4 - 10:48 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

This Super-Man is nothing of the sort. He kinda looks like drunk Superman from Superman 3.

Aug 5 - 07:20 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

LOL. Invoking Zod. Too funny. But I totally disagree. He looks TOUGH!!!!!! The first damn live action Superman to actually look TOUGH and everybody's trippin'. I feel like I"m in the Twilight Zone sometimes on these boards.

Aug 10 - 08:55 AM

Phillip K.

Phillip Kissell

I always wanted to see Apes since I saw the trailer, I was expecting it to be pretty bad, but I was at least hoping for at least a goofy, fun movie.
But with these fresh reviews I can't resist. I know some people going to a midnight showing, so I'll go, kick back, order a beer, and hopefully have fun.

Aug 4 - 06:41 PM

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