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Weekend Preview: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Bellflower & The Medusa, Whistleblower, Magic Trip

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 4, 2011 at 5:40AM

Rise of the Planet of the Apes has finally landed with jaw-dropping effects and strong reviews. Apes should knock either The Smurfs or Cowboys & Aliens off their top two positioning.
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes has finally landed with jaw-dropping effects and strong reviews. Apes should knock either The Smurfs or Cowboys & Aliens off their top two positioning.

Evan Glodell's Bellflower leads the pack of this weekend's indies with upbeat reviews--and a very cool car. (Check back for TOH's ride in the Medusa with Glodell and co-star Tyler Dawson and the FlipCam). The Whistleblower, Alex Gibney's 60s doc Magic Trip, Portugal's Mysteries of Lisbon and well-acted transgender-drama Gun Hill Road round out the weekend's offerings. Reviews, details and trailers below:

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Bellflower, Oscilloscope, USA | Dir: Evan Glodell; Cast: Evan Glodell, Jessie Wiseman, Tyler Dawson, Rebekah Brandes, Vincent Grashaw | TOH! Interviews Glodell | iW's Eric Kohn Reviews at Sundance | B criticWIRE | 92% Tomatometer | 74% Metacritic.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Twentieth Century Fox, USA | Dir: Rupert Wyatt; Cast: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox | TOH! Reviews, "Jaw Dropping Weta Effects." | 86% Tomatometer | 66% Metacritic.

The Whistleblower, Samuel Goldwyn Films, GERMANY/CANADA | Dir: Larysa Kondracki; Cast: Monica Bellucci, Rachel Weisz, Benedict Cumberbatch, Vanessa Redgrave, Liam Cunningham | B criticWIRE | Kondracki Shares an Exclusive Scene with iW | Brody Reviews from SIFF | EW says; "Rarely has a movie captured the obscene violence of sex trafficking with such unvarnished grubbiness." | 71% Tomatometer | 70% Metacritic.

Magic Trip, Magnolia | Dir: Alison Ellwood, Alex Gibney | TOH! Interviews Gibney | B criticWIRE | 75% Tomatometer.

Mysteries of Lisbon, Music Box Films, PORTUGAL | Dir: Raúl Ruiz, Cast: Adriano Luz, Maria João Bastos, Ricardo Pereira, Clotilde Hesme, José Afonso Pimentel, Lea Seydoux | A- criticWIRE | Meredith Brody calls it a Snooze at Toronto | iW's Pick of the Week | 73% Tomatometer.

Gun Hill Road, Motion Film Group, USA | Dir: Rashaad Ernesto Green; Cast: Judy Reyes, Esai Morales, Miriam Colon, Vincent Laresca, Vanessa Aspillaga | TOH! on Transgender Cinema | Eric Kohn Reviews, "Deserves the Buzz." | iW Interviews Green | B criticWIRE | 45% Tomatometer.

The Change-Up, Universal, USA | Dir: David Dobkin; Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin | Rex Reed says it; "drags on endlessly, held together with scatology, flatulence and masturbation"...can't say we're surprised | | 30% Tomatometer | 49% Metacritic.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.