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10 Films To See In July

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  • July 2, 2014 3:46 PM
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Films To See In July
So we've passed the midway mark of the year and we only have technically eight weeks left of summer with July 4th right around the corner. Depending on what kind of moviegoer you are, this is either a godsend, or a melancholy reminder that blockbuster season is almost over (and if it’s the former here’s our wishlist for the Fall Film Festival season).

Watch: Three Short Film Prequels Explain What Happened Between 'Dawn of the Planet Of The Apes' & ‘Rise’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 1, 2014 8:01 PM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
If you'll recall, at the end of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes” all hell broke loose. After a fierce battle on the Golden Gate bridge, the apes went "home" to the tops of the Redwoods outside San Francisco, But one of the characters was infected by one of the experimental drug and the ending showed a graphic tracing the spread of the humanity-killing virus to Europe and then around the globe via international airline flight routes. Got all that? That set up the sequel “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” directed by Matt Reeves, which takes place 10 years later.

Critics Go Ape In First Reviews For 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2014 2:39 PM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Sequels are a tricky thing, particularly with a new director coming on board. How do you match the success of the preceding movie, take it into new territory, which putting your own mark on the material? It was a big job Matt Reeves ("Cloverfield," "Let Me In") had ahead of him in tackling "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes," but it looks like he's hit it out of the park.

Watch: Humans Are Given A Warning In Clip From 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Plus New Featurette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2014 1:56 PM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Things have really gone downhill for humans since "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes." The sequel catches up to the story a decade later, after a virus has wiped out most of the population, leaving primates to rule. And not only that, they've grown smart and sharper in the interim time as well. But here's they thing: they just want to be left alone.

Watch: New Clip From 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Shows A Softer Side Plus WETA Featurette Goes Behind-The-Scenes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2014 10:13 AM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
So far, the promos for "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" have been intense, highlighting the action, tension and fear the sequel will be bringing to the story kicked off in the solid "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes." But it's not all monkey vs. man mayhem as this latest promo highlights.

Watch: Koba Is Dangerously Playful In Clip From 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2014 12:56 PM
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,
Sure, the goal of all sequels is to make things bigger, badder and better than the previous movie, but that doesn't always necessarily mean smarter too. And in the case of "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes," it seems the filmmakers are bringing some real intensity to the followup that continues to look more promising with each passing moment.

Watch: War Is Coming In New Trailer For 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2014 11:16 PM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Making his feature film directorial debut with the found footage "Cloverfield," and then turning heads with his excellent remake of "Let Me In," Matt Reeves' career so far has been spent confounding expectations. And that's why, even with the gig of helming a blockbuster sequel, we have hopes that "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" isn't just your average tentpole. And even with the pressure of delivering for his first, big budget studio gig, Reeves remains pretty excited about the opportunity that has landed in front of him.

Watch: Humans Mean No Harm In Clip From 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2014 1:40 PM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
The routine way to go with sequels is pick up where the last movie left off, stick to the template, deliver slightly bigger thrills and collect the cash rewards. But credit to the folks behind "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" for trying to build up a fresh mythology. With this new movie featuring a new cast, director, story and picking up years after the events in "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes," they've chose telling a good story over just rehashing the same old ape tale.

Watch: New Viral Video For 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Shows Humanity's Downfall

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 13, 2014 4:32 PM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
There's a fair old gap between the world that we saw in 2011's "Rise Of The Planet Of the Apes'—basically like ours, but with more superintelligent primates—and the one that's been glimpsed in the footage so far from this summer's sequel, "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes." Things, quite frankly, appear to have gone to shit, with San Francisco now an overgrown wilderness, and the few humans left forced back into, essentially, the dark ages.

Watch: Primates Go Bear Hunting In New 'Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes' TV Spot

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2014 6:13 PM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
All told, it's been a pretty good summer so far, but perhaps our most anticipated tentpole is still to come: "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes." The 2011 reboot of the long-running franchise, "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes," was one of the most pleasant blockbuster surprises in years, and all the evidence we've seen of the follow-up, "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes," suggests it could build on that, from the top-notch helmer in "Let Me In" director Matt Reeves to the excellent cast, including Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman.

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