New in Theaters:
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
You know you’re in trouble these days when even James Franco can’t be bothered to deliver much of a performance. Even in sophomoric mistakes like Your Highness, Franco showed up ready and willing to engage energetically with the material. But in Rupert Wyatt’s energetic but ultimately ho-hum genetic twist on the Planet of the Apes origin story, Franco’s character doesn’t do much but furrow his brow and make bad decisions…
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is playing in multiplexes across this apparently doomed planet. You can read my full review at Film Journal International.