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Reeling It In: New 'Planet of the Apes' film impresses

One of the pop-culture blogs I read recently did a feature listing all of the "Planet of the Apes" movies in order of how much of a "bummer" the ending was. This was kind of funny, but it really served to remind me of two things: one, that almost all of the "Apes" movies, released from 1968-1973 are schlocky, low-budget affairs (not counting the original which is a certified masterpiece), and two, how remarkable it is that these more recent iterations (not counting Tim Burton's version which is certified junk) are so good.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Fourth of July went off like a dud at the box office, as the Michael Bay sequel "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and the Melisa McCarthy comedy "Tammy" led the weakest summer holiday weekend in at least a decade.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Opens Friday, Jul 11, 2014 Synopsis: A decade after the Simian flu took a devastating toll on mankind, a war for the future of the planet begins to brew between the surviving humans and the thriving society of genetically evolved simians led by the wise Caesar (Andy Serkis) in this sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, and Kodi Smit-McPhee star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Judy Greer Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Drama palpable in 'Argo'

Iran is our enemy. I mean, that's pretty well accepted by most people of either political persuasion. Granted, it's a simplistic view of a complicated and diverse group of people - one of the youngest populations in the Middle East, but as a practical matter, the basic national interests of the country seem to run counter to ours, and we're at odds. Fine.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/arts-entertainment/2012-10-17/drama-palpable-in-argo
Arts & Entertainment
And the award goes to ...

I read a lot of movie-geek kind of news -- different blogs and websites filled with mostly nonsense about the latest slasher movie or some little seen Japanese anime film finally getting a U.S. release at one theater in Austin. The guys who work for these sites tend to consider themselves pure and unfettered by corporate considerations and unswayed by the bloviating opinions of the mainstream critics. They are, for the most part, adequate writers with a few very interesting, cogent opinions on film, but mostly they're irritating.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/arts-entertainment/2012-01-19/and-the-award-goes-to
Arts & Entertainment
'Apes' impresses human: remake has confidence, maturity

When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of the original "Planet of the Apes." I thought it was just because there were cool guys in monkey costumes, not to mention the scantily clad slave girl, Nova. At twelve, that was about as far as I took it. But as I got older, I realized the movie is a lot deeper and carries much broader implications than I originally thought.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Now Playing Synopsis: The Escapist director Rupert Wyatt takes the helm for this Planet of the Apes prequel centering on genetically engineered chimp Caesar (Andy Serkis), who was created in a San Francisco lab by an ambitious scientist (James Franco), and who uses his powerful intellect to lead an ape uprising against all of humankind. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Andy Serkis, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Richard Ridings, Chris Gordon, Devyn Dalton, Jay Caputo Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Now Playing Synopsis: The Escapist director Rupert Wyatt takes the helm for this Planet of the Apes prequel centering on genetically engineered chimp Caesar (Andy Serkis), who was created in a San Francisco lab by an ambitious scientist (James Franco), and who uses his powerful intellect to lead an ape uprising against all of humankind. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Andy Serkis, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Richard Ridings, Chris Gordon, Devyn Dalton, Jay Caputo Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Now Playing Synopsis: The Escapist director Rupert Wyatt takes the helm for this Planet of the Apes prequel centering on genetically engineered chimp Caesar (Andy Serkis), who was created in a San Francisco lab by an ambitious scientist (James Franco), and who uses his powerful intellect to lead an ape uprising against all of humankind. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Andy Serkis, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Richard Ridings, Chris Gordon, Devyn Dalton, Jay Caputo Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

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