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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/05/2011

New movies: ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘The Change-Up’

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In this week’s new movies, two men in drastically different places in their lives switch places, the story of “Planet of the Apes” is revisited and two 35-year-olds adopt a cat in order to ease into the responsibilities of adulthood. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (PG-13) “The filmmakers seem to have spent so much attention and, presumably, money on getting the primates right that they completely forgot about the people.” — Michael O’Sullivan

The Change-Up” (R) “‘Freaky Friday’ meets ‘The Hangover’ in ‘The Change-Up,’ a raunchy ode to guy-love in which Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds struggle valiantly to transcend the movie they're in. ” — Ann Hornaday

The Future” (R) “‘The Future,’ in which [Miranda] July co-stars with Hamish Linklater, proves that she's no mere one-hit wonder, although her strange hybrid of screwball humor and solemnity, transgressive sex and winsomeness will never be fodder for garden-variety cineplex-dwellers.” — Ann Hornaday

The Devil’s Double” (R) “On the plus side are the dueling performances of [Dominic] Cooper, which anchor the film. On the minus side is a seemingly interminable litany of violence, abuse and degradation... The bodies pile up, but they don't amount to anything.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Life, Above All” (PG-13) “Though the uplifting part will, for some, be too little and too late to mitigate the film's overall funereal tone, it still might leave you with a faint, faltering smile on your face at the closing credits.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Point Blank” (R) “A brisk French thriller whose plot is as secondhand as its title, ‘Point Blank’ keeps the adrenaline flowing well past the point at which viewers stop hoping for twists they can't predict.” — John DeFore

The Arbor” (Unrated) “A saga of abuse and addiction - and of its legacy over four generations - ‘The Arbor’ is a tragedy of almost Greek proportions, told in a vulgarity-strewn British dialect so thick it needs subtitles. ” — Michael O’Sullivan

A Little Help” (R) “A grating portrait of domestic malfunction, ‘A Little Help’ presents an extended family so unpleasant that its most enviable member is the one who dies in the opening scenes.” — John DeFore

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