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Rise of the Planet of the Apes Opens Today

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens in theaters today, a welcome reprieve for movie fans looking for an entertaining popcorn film that isn't adapted from a comic book or a line of transforming toy cars. A prequel to the classic 1968 film Planet of the Apes, the story centers around a research scientist, played by James Franco, who's developing a cure for Alzheimer's by working with chimpanzees. Desperation and hubris lead him to meddle with nature, with disastrous results that will ultimately culminate in the end of humanity. And as we movie fans know, the end of the world always make for good cinema. Check out trailers and the full movie poster after the jump.