Stay Cool this Weekend with 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' 'The Change-Up' and 'The Devil's Double' in Our Film Roundup
Published Aug 05, 2011As the summer blockbuster season winds down, some of you may be wondering what movies to check out and which to pass on. Well, here's a roundup of some of the reviews from this week. Be sure to check out the Recently Reviewed section of Exclaim.ca to read all the new reviews.
One of the last true blockbusters of the summer is opening in theatres today. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (pictured) explores the origin story of the Planet of the Apes universe. But will modern film effects and stars like James Franco make this one worth the price of admission? Read our review and find out.
If you're more in need of gritty action than sci-fi exploits, then we have two reviews for you. The first is The Devil's Double, which tells the story of the man enlisted to be the body double of Uday Hussein (Saddam Hussein's eldest son). Viewers are in store for many violent displays of the unchecked male id. To continue the trend, we have a review of the first film from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to receive North American distribution, Viva Riva! The film follows a protagonist who wrongs a local crime lord and his attempts to escape with his life.
To lighten up the mood, we have the comedy The Change-Up, which abides the much done Freaky Friday formula of a body switch. Next up is a review of the film The Future. Directed by Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know), the film urges viewers to consider the importance of commitment and its meaning to the individuals in a relationship.
And finally, we have a review of the documentary El Bulli: Cooking in Progress. The film is an observational documentary that follows the celebrity chef El Bulli and his restaurant, which closes for a few months a year in order to design and new menu and experience for patrons to enjoy.
Check out the full reviews of all the movies listed above, as well as many more, over at the Recently Reviewed section of Exclaim.ca.