Although we're welcoming "The Help," "30 Minutes or Less" and "Final Destination 5" to this edition of weekend reviews in 140 or less, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" still gets top billing in critic and fan reviews - not to mention winning the box office for the second week in a row.
"Apes" is currently 82 percent fresh over on Rotten Tomatoes, while "The Help" trails behind with 73 percent of critics giving positive reviews. But Twitter user Maggalicious calls it one of the best adaptations she's seen done on a book she's read, and iReporter Vera Richardson calls it essential viewing for Americans.
"30 Minutes Or Less," however, didn't fare as well. Both Twitter user Rebeksy and Atlantic critic Christopher Orr found Aziz Ansari's performance to be the winner in the comedy, which was middling otherwise.
And as far as "Final Destination 5"...well, we're tempted to tell you that if you went to see it, you probably weren't surprised by what you found. Entertainment Weekly critic Lisa Schwarzbaum notes that almost a dozen years after the first "Final Destination," "Death [still] demonstrates what happens to those who don't pay attention to the cosmic rules" and gives the movie a "B" grade.
But all of that slicing, dicing and drowning didn't impress Twitter user Cody Blair, who opined that "Final Destination 5" was the franchise's "final destination."
If you want to weigh in, let us know in a reply to @CNNShowbiz - next week, we'll be talking about "One Day," "Conan the Barbarian," "Fright Night" and "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World."
Unfortunately "30 minutes or Less" describes me nowadays.
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Saw The Help after reading the book. Read my blog, "When The Help met Jim Crow." Knowing about Jim Crow laws made
movie and book more meaningful.
Oh don't feel so bad man. The apes are getting their revenge alright. Look at what freedom done to them. Killing, stealing, etc. These animals need to be locked up and chained up like the wild animals that they are
I grew up in south Alabama, remember the terrible injustices, and I believe everyone should read the book (it is fantastic)and go see this awesome movie. Everything was so true to life, everything. We can all learn from this, if we want to.
By the way, I am white, and ashamed of the way it was!
Saw Apes last night. Covered my eyes a lot. It was great!
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