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A terrific start to a fresh take on the “Planet Of The Apes” movies.  Andy Serkis plays the role of Caesar, a chimpanzee with heightened intelligence due to an experimental drug that was developed by his owner (played by James Franco).  Living in the house of Franco, Serkis grows strong and freakishly intelligent.  But he is still basically a chimpanzee; and that inner, savage nature takes the best of him when he escapes from the house to protect a loved one.

Serkis is placed in a “sanctuary” for great apes, which is basically a prison.   Serkis must learn to carefully navigate this madhouse, avoiding the vicious alpha male of the group, and cultivating friends as he plots an escape.  But where can he and his kind escape to?  He doesn’t belong to the human world, and he certainly doesn’t belong in a zoo nor a “sanctuary.”

As Caesar tries to make sense of his situation, Franco creates a stronger version of the virus that made Serkis super intelligent, hoping for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.   But viruses being what they are, Franco risks unleashing a curse instead of a cure.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes” is the scene when Serkis speaks for the first time when he is being mistreated by a human.  He utters one word, a simple word that bullies, tyrants, and dictators fear.  A word that can spark a revolution.

— M

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If you think you know what “Your Highness” is about from the trailers, you’re wrong!  This movie is vile, profane, disgusting, vulgar, hilarious, and violent.  I like it!  I like it a lot!  Make sure you watch the unrated version for the extra filth that even Lysol can’t remove.  James Franco and Danny McBride play royal brothers who, along with Natalie Portman, go on a quest to rescue a damsel in distress who was kidnapped by a wizard who wants to rape the damsel so she can give birth to a dragon.   If “Caligula” was mashed together with “The Princess Bride,” “Your Highness” would be the result.

For those who love crude humor, this movie you should not miss.  Talk like Yoda I just did.  “Your Highness” has one simple job: to make you laugh; and it does it very well.  Movies such as this don’t require emotional depth, but it does manage to give us characters that we can root for.   Franco is the prince who can do no wrong.  Pretty, a good fighter, loved by women; but secretly he feels the pressure of being perfect is too much to handle.   McBride is the younger brother (even though he looks much older) who is a big goofball.  Constantly screwing up, can barely swing a sword, ignored by women, not much to look at; he wishes his brother was gone so he can be the king and get all the adulation, but his love for his brother is greater than his jealousy, and so he risks his life many times to save his brother’s life.

My most memorable, movie moment was the scene where McBride’s servant was being molested by a Minotaur with a big weenie.  I say molested because it was hard to see if there was Minotaur penis to human anus penetration, or if it was just dry humping.   Whatever the case, it was disturbing, shocking and funny all in one!  You know, like the way the government takes away our constitutional rights in the name of keeping us safe.

M

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