"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is a lot of fun. It has some SERIOUS writing flaws, but in the end that doesn't matter. It says something that even though the film is framed as a horror film (or a runaway technology cautionary tale, which is the same thing), everyone I have spoken to about the film was actually rooting for the apes. We certainly were. And I love happy endings, even if I don't believe in them. And the near extinction of humanity in a way that lets the chimps and orangutans and gorillas survive is definitely a happy ending in my book.
"The Help" deals with racial segregation in Alabama in 1963, and manages to be entertaining and even funny without making light of the subject. It's a nearly perfect movie, and well worth seeing.
The common themes? Prejudice, oppression, and liberation. The the bad guys lose.