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So, None Of The Awards? ‘Child 44’ With Gary Oldman & Tom Hardy Gets A Spring 2015 Release

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 15, 2014 3:30 PM
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Reader reports, audience reviews… meh. Sure you can keep tabs on that “coverage,” but posting about that stuff specifically can be hurtful or irresponsible to a film if the “reviews” are early and especially if they’re negative (hell, on the Internet they’re pretty easy to fabricate in either direction too). Finding out “early buzz” on a movie through test screenings isn’t hard if you’re looking for it. So that said, we’d been hearing a few whispers about “Child 44” and perhaps today’s news jibes with it.

Interview: Director Matt Reeves Explores The "Anatomy Of Violence" In ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 14, 2014 1:03 PM
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Dawn of the Planet Of the Apes
Tribalism, the rise and fall of civilizations, broken brotherhoods and the tragic failure to coexist: these are not the familiar ingredients for a summer tentpole movie. And yet here they are in Matt Reeves’ well-considered, thoughtful and morally complex, “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes,” a summer blockbuster that considers a lot of ambitious ideas, successfully arranges them and yet never at the expense of scope, spectacle and drama. We could probably see hundreds of blockbusters like these and not get tired of them. They are every reason we go to the movies: for escapism, but also to have a piece of art reflect back a little piece of humanity back at us. And Reeves' movie does that in spades.

Review: ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke & Gary Oldman

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 9, 2014 10:25 AM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
In the new cynical, cash-grabbing sweepstakes to manufacture polished, all-appealing four quadrant blockbusters— specifically engineered to reap hundreds of millions of dollars, of course— 20th Century Fox’s “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” sequel is of a rare, rare breed. It’s the genuine article, an engrossing tentpole with serious themes, complex moral conflicts and emotional stakes, and one that doesn’t feel as if it was written by committee or structured around big and familiar action set pieces. And it’s one that executes on all its lofty ambitions from minute one with nary a false note. In truth, the deeply absorbing and thematically rich ‘Apes’ sequel is more akin to a drama than an action film, but it's one that still satisfies the desires and demands of big, blockbuster filmmaking.

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: 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: New Full Length Trailer For 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Unleashed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2014 8:56 AM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Next weekend sees the biggest lizard of them all, "Godzilla," stomping into theatres, but he won't be the only creature providing a sizzling summer. Primates will be everywhere in July with "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes," and the latest trailer is here for the anticipated sequel to the surprise franchise starting hit, "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes."

First Look: Jason Clarke In 'Everest'

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The climb has begun. Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal are now climbing "Everest" for Baltasar Kormákur. And the first image from the 3D adventure/drama is here. Read More »

Watch: New Teaser Trailer For Terrence Malick Produced Abraham Lincoln Biopic 'The Better Angels'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2014 2:20 PM
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The Better Angels
It may look, sound and feel like a Terrence Malick film, but aside from a producer credit, the upcoming "The Better Angels" is actually the work of editor and second unit director-turned-writer/director A.J. Edwards. But certainly, after logging time on "The New World," "The Tree of Life" and "To the Wonder," he's learned a few things about Malick's approach and has put them to use.

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