Monday, September 12, 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

I thought this was pretty good.  James Franco plays a scientist who is working on a drug that he hopes will cure his father's Alzheimer.  John Lithgow plays the father.  They all think it is not working, but then James realizes it worked on this chimp that he's adopted.  (The monkey was supposed to be killed after the project was closed down, but a friend couldn't kill this little one.)  

The apes were awesome.  I ended up rooting for them!  There's a few villains, and some heroes.  The story is engaging and the acting is good.  I liked it.  I give it two and a half stars.  I debated with giving it three.  It's a must see if not just to see the effects of the apes.  I guess it could be sort of creepy, but I liked it!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Our Idiot Brother

I liked this!  It might not be a must see for everyone, but I thought it was cute.  The story of a family with 3 women and 1 guy, who just trusts people too much.  He has a tendancy to be too truthful; inadvertently spilling the beans too often.  Which makes him not very popular with his family.  I think he's lovable though.  I also like Paul Rudd, and he fits this character pretty well.  If you want a fun, carefree movie, without a lot of deep thinking, this is the one.  And if you're a Paul Rudd fan, well of course, it's a must see.  I give it 2 1/2 stars.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Debt

This is a must see!  I loved it.  It was very suspenseful.  There is violence, but not too much.  It's the story of three secret agents who tracked down a Nazi war criminal in 1966.  The setting is 1997 and a book has just been released about their experience, when two of them find out their partner has just committed suicide.  They then flash back to 1966 to show us how the events unfolded, and some twists are revealed.  Acting is fantastic and the story is gripping.  I give it 3 1/2 stars out of 4.  Go see it!