It's that time of year again: We've got ourselves a body-swap comedy and ape movie to look forward to. It was inevitable, and at this point we're convinced that there's some unwritten Hollywood law that requires at least one of each to be released every year. The upside is that we've been hearing good things about them both, and at the very least we've got a bunch of promising indies hitting theaters as well.

Take a closer look at your viewing options at the theater this weekend:

'The Change-Up'

What's it about?: A hard-working family man and his slacker best friend pee into a magic fountain and switch bodies. Hilarity ensues.

Who's in it?: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Olivia Wilde, Leslie Mann, and Alan Arkin, among others. Directed by David Dobkin, written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.

Where is it playing?: Nation-wide.

What did we think of the movie?: Super raunchy, but absolutely hilarious (Read our review.)

'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

What's it about?: An origin story set before the events of the 1968 film, 'Planet of the Apes,' about a scientist who starts testing a cure for Alzheimer's on a chimp and it ends up making the chimp just as smart as his human counterparts. Not being a huge fan of his life in a cage, the chimp breaks out, uses the Alzheimer's cure on his fellow chimp prisoners so that they become just as smart as he is, and so begins a monkey revolution to take over the planet by force.

Who's in it?: James Franco, Freido Pinto, Andy Serkis, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, and a whole lot of monkeys. Directed by Rupert Wyatt, written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.

Where is it playing?: Nation-wide.

What did we think of the trailer?: Could be good and it can't be worse than Tim Burton's 'Planet of the Apes' remake.


What's it about?: Two guys build homemade flamethrowers and a flame-breathing car in the hopes of bringing about the apocalypse, but then one of the guys starts falling in love and he has to balance his obsession with the end of the world with his newfound romantic emotions.

Who's in it?: Evan Glodell, Tyler Dawson, and Rebekah Brandes, among others. Written and directed by Evan Glodell.

Where is it playing?: New York & LA.

What did we think of the trailer?: Awesome. Can't wait to check this out for ourselves.

'Magic Trip'

What's it about?: A documentary revolving around long lost footage of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters as they painted a bus, took boat loads of experimental drugs, and made their way across the US in 1964.

Who's in it?: Ken Kesey, Neal Cassidy, and Jerry Garcia, among other iconic hippies. Written and directed by Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood, narrated by Stanley Tucci.

Where is it playing?: Limited release.

What did we think of the trailer?: We love anything that Alex Gibney does and this sounds like one heck of an interesting subject for a documentary, so we're on board.

'Gun Hill Road'

What's it about?: A latino father get out of prison after years behind bars and returns to his home in the Bronx to find that his estranged son has undergone a sexual transformation.

Who's in it?: Esai Morales, Harmony Santana, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Judy Reyes, among others. Written and directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green.

Where is it playing?: New York and LA.

What did we think of the trailer?: Fantastic and intense.

'The Whistleblower'

What's it about?: An American cop takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and tries to blow the lid off of a child sex-slave and human trafficking ring being led by the US military and the United Nations. Inspired by actual events.

Who's in it?: Rache Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, David Strathairn, and Monica Bellucci, among others. Directed by Larysa Kondracki, written by Larysa Kondracki and Ellis Kirwan.

Where is it playing?: Limited release.

What did we think of the trailer?: Wild and important.

'Mysteries of Lisbon'

What's it about?: A countess, a businessman, and an orphan travel across the globe and cross paths with a variety of different people from all walks of life.

Who's in it?: Clotilde Hesme, Adriano Luz, and Maria Joao Bastos, among others. Directed by Raoul Ruiz, written by Carlos Saboga.

Where is it playing?: New York.

What did we think of the trailer?: Looks like it has some serious praise going for it, but it's been a while since we got excited about a period piece.

'The Perfect Age of Rock 'N' Roll'

What's it about?: A twenty-something rock star heads home after his second album bombs in the hopes of getting his estranged best friend to write him some songs. The two decide to go on tour together, they play lots of music along the way, and fight over the same girl while repairing the friendship they once had.

Who's in it?: Jason Ritter, Kevin Zegers, Taryn Manning, Lukas Haas, Peter Fonda, and Lauren Holly, among others. Directed by Scott Rosenbaum, written by Scott Rosenbaum and Jasin Cadic.

Where is it playing?: Limited release.

What did we think of the trailer?: Looks like a poor man's 'Crazy Heart' with KISS makeup on.

So which movie are you most excited to see this weekend?

Photos courtesy of Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, and Oscilloscope Laboratories.
The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll
Based on 9 critics

A rock star moves back to his hometown after his second album flops. Read More

The Change-Up
Based on 35 critics

An overworked lawyer and his seemingly carefree buddy awake to find they have switched bodies. Read More

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Based on 39 critics

A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives rise to a superintelligent chimp. Read More

Mysteries of Lisbon
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Based on 21 critics

A 19th-century Portuguese man recalls his youth in a church-run orphanage. Read More

Gun Hill Road
Based on 14 critics

An ex-con returns to the Bronx and his estranged wife after a three-year stint in prison. Read More

The Whistleblower
Based on 30 critics

Kathryn Bolkovac, a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia, exposes a U.N. sex scandal. Read More

Based on 25 critics

Two friends dedicate their lives to building weapons, hoping that a global apocalypse will occur. Read More