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New Movie Reviews: 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' 'The Change-Up' in Theaters This Weekend

The Change-Up
Universal

What is THR's critical take on the new films hitting the cinemas this weekend?

Moviegoers have a slew of options this weekend.

James Franco, Freida Pinto and John Lithgow star in director Rupert Wyatt's science fiction Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Meanwhile, Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Leslie Mann and Olivia Wilde switch bodies in the R-rated comedy The Change-Up by director David Dobkin.

Also opening this Friday, The Whistleblower, a fact-based thriller by director Larysa Kondracki starring Rachel Weisz as a Nebraska cop in post-war Serbia and Vanessa Redgrave.

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See what The Hollywood Reporter's critics have to say about those films -- and others opening this weekend -- and find out how well they are expected to perform at the box office.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Bottom Line:
It’s Apes 1, Humans 0 after the first round of this solid reboot of the perennially successful franchise.
Click here to read The Hollywood Reporter's review.

The Change-Up
Bottom Line:
A revival of the body-switch movie that sees two grown men regress into adolescent behavior.
Click here to read THR's review.

The Whistleblower
Bottom Line:
The incendiary subject of human trafficking provides the gritty backdrop for The Whistleblower.
Click here to read THR's review.

Bellflower
Bottom Line:
Quirky romance turns shockingly violent.
Click here to read THR's review.

Mysteries of Lisbon
Bottom Line:
A superbly guilty pleasure for a rainy day.
Click here to read THR's review.

Gun Hill Road
Bottom Line:
A tired though vigorously acted story about a father confronted with a son who wants to be a girl.
Click here to read THR's review.

The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll
Bottom Line:
Unconvincing rock-biz melodrama feels even thinner when invoking legendary musicians.
Click here to read THR's review.

Magic Trip: Ken Kesey’s Search for a Kool Place
Bottom Line:
Return to the psychedelic ‘60s in this documentary featuring long- lost footage of Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters.
Click here to read THR's review.