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FilmWeek (8/5/11): Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Change-Up, The Future and more

KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan and Peter Rainer join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Change-Up, The Future and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and

Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and Christian Science Monitor

Films Reviewed:

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Experimental primates gain intelligence and instigate war with humanity.

Starring: James Franco, Freida Pinto,John Lithgow and Brian Cox
Written by: Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
Directed by: Rupert Wyatt
Rated: PG-13
20th Century Fox

The Change-Up

A lawyer husband and lazy bachelor switch bodies and lives.

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde and Alan Arkin
Written by: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore
Directed by: David Dobkin
Rated: R
Universal Pictures

The Whistleblower

A Nebraskan cop investigates corrupt practices in Bosnia.

Starring: Rachel Weisz Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci and David Strathairn
Written by: Eilis Kirwan and Larysa Kondracki
Directed by: Larysa Kondracki
Rated: R
Samuel Goldwyn Films


A woman comes between two hell-raising friends.

Starring: Evan Glodell, Jessie Wiseman, Tyler Dawson and Rebekah Brandes
Written and Directed by: Evan Glodell
Rated: R
Oscilloscope Laboratories

The Future

A recently adopted cat changes a couple’s lives.

Starring: Miranda July, Isabella Acres, Joe Putterlik and David Warshofsky Written and Directed by: Miranda July
Rated: R
Roadside Attractions

The Perfect Age of Rock ’N’ Roll

A musician in a slump returns home.

Starring: Kevin Zegers Jason Ritter and Taryn Manning
Written by: Jasin Cadic and Scott Rosenbaum
Directed by: Scott Rosenbaum
Rated: R
Red Hawk Films

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness

A documentary of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem.

Starring: Mendy Cahan, Bel Kaufman and Hillel Halkin
Written and Directed by: Joseph Dorman
Not rated
International Film Circuit


Soul Surfer
Starring: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt
Directed by: Sean McNamara


Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway and George Lopez
Directed by: Carlos Saldanha

Stake Land

Starring: Connor Paolo, Nick Damici and Kelly McGillis
Directed by: Jim Mickle

Exporting Raymond
Starring: Philip Rosenthal, Stanislav Duzhnikov and Anna Frolovtseva
Directed by: Philip Rosenthal

Last Night

Starring: Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington and Eva Mendes
Directed by: Massy Tadjedin

The Perfect Game

Starring: Clifton Collins Jr., Cheech Marin and Moises Arias
Directed by: William Dear

Quarantine 2: Terminal

Starring: Mercedes Masöhn, Josh Cooke and Mattie Liptak
Directed by: John Pogue


Starring: Cassidy Freeman, Anessa Ramsey and Laura Heisler
Directed by: Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton

A Screaming Man

Starring: Youssouf Djaoro, Dioucounda Koma and Emile Abossolo M’bo
Directed by: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Cold Weather

Starring: Cris Lankenau, Raúl Castillo and Robyn Rikoon
Directed by: Aaron Katz

The Music Never Stopped

Starring: Lou Taylor Pucci, J.K. Simmons and Julia Ormond
Directed by: Jim Kohlberg

Carbon Nation

Starring: Rohit T. Aggarwala, Jerry M. Allums and Lela Allums
Directed by: Peter Byck