It’s a light week with just a single major studio release, albeit one that the critics are going ape (sorry) for:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: I’ve never really been a fan of the Planet of the Apes franchise, having been born too late to enjoy the original series of films. As a kid, they were always regarded as “those creepy monkey movies from the 70’s” that someone’s older brother was really into. To this day, I’ve never seen a single Apes film beyond Rupert Wyatt’s well-regarded, mega-hit 2011 reboot.
When Wyatt* decided to sit this installment out, most assumed that the franchise would be headed south. Fortunately FOX (with their newfound, shocking emphasis on making decent tentpoles) made a great call and hired Matt Reeves (Let Me In, the much-better-post-hype Cloverfield) as his replacement. Reeves has reportedly delivered the best film in the series; an installment that delivers spectacle, action and emotion in equal parts.
It’s not just getting some of the best reviews of the Summer, it’s getting some of the best notices of a studio blockbuster in years.
Personal interest factor: 6
Newly available On Demand this weekend: Snowpiercer, A Long Way Down
For classic fare: The Criterion in New Haven is running Alien (1979) Friday and Saturday evening and Carmen Jones (1954) Saturday and Sunday morning.
* It’s incredibly difficult keeping Rupert Wyatt and Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) straight. I double-checked their IMDB listings just to ensure I was naming the correct guy above.
Throw Director Rupert Wainwright (Stigmata, The Fog) into the conversation and I’m really confused.
….or Rufus Wainwright.