Rise of the Planet of the Apes

(PG-13) ★★☆☆☆

This prequel to the classic 1968 sci-fi stars James Franco as a genetic scientist whose Alzheimer’s drug gives primates dangerous brain power. The script is wooden and the human actors look exhausted as they go through the motions, but the CGI simians are well worth watching. Lord of the Rings alum Andy Serkis—who gave Gollum his chilling realism—easily makes Caesar, the alpha-ape, the best actor in the movie.

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Cirque Gets Visual

Cirque Gets Visual

By Cindi Reed

Strip entertainment giant Cirque du Soleil is taking over the art scene this month with two big events. The first is Safewalls (Trifecta Gallery in the Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 135, through Aug. 26), a touring collection of vintage-style circus posters reimagined by contemporary artists. Frank Kozik, Chet Zar and local Casey Weldon created three creepily beautiful Zumanity posters, while Vegas native Amy Sol’s ethereal Kà poster (pictured) makes us wish we could crawl into her visual world.