Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rated 3.0

James Franco plays a hotshot scientist working on a radical treatment for Alzheimer’s so that he can cure his old man. During a trial run, things go horribly amiss and Dr. Francostein is forced to smuggle a baby chimp out of the lab to keep his vaguely villainous supervisor from having it put down like the rest of the test monkeys. He names it Caesar, because he’s apparently a big fan of ironic foreshadowing. Francostein doesn’t exactly give home schooling a good name, ’cause li’l Caesar grows up with some serious issues. You can see where this is going. Eventually, all hell breaks loose as Caesar and the cast of the inevitable Sequel of the Planet of the Apes head out to paint San Francisco red. Well, not exactly red. This is a PG-13 movie, so the apes keep the mayhem down to a family-friendly level. It’s all boneheaded fun, with slam-bang action sequences of the apes kicking some human ass before they scamper off to start planning that sequel. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13