Opening in New Haven – Weekend of July 11th, 2014

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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: SnowpiercerA 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.

4 responses »

  1. I’ve seen bits of it on cable over the years, but it just didn’t appeal to me enough to sit down and watch the whole thing.

    I enjoyed Wyatt’s film, but not enough to watch it more than once. It didn’t help that Franco was a giant void at the center of the thing.

  2. I’m a big fan of the original Apes series (although I’ve only seen the first three to date), but Rise Of The Planet of The Apes bored me to tears so much that despite the great reviews I don’t have any interest in this.

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