What’s your stance on apes? Pro-ape? Anti-ape? Ape-ambivalent? What about Sandra Bullock, how do you feel about her? Because whether you want to stay in or go out to the movies this weekend, you’re probably gonna be seeing a lot of them both.
Back to apes: You love them, right? Good! Because Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is great. Our David Sims calls it “a robustly-told story of our sad tendency to escalate towards violence, even when armed with all our supposed intelligence.” It’s the only wide release this week – reminiscent of Transformers: Age of Extinction’s solo show at the box office two weeks ago. But unlike the big robots, the apes are making good on their end, with a 91 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. So go see some apes!
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OK, let’s say you don’t love apes. That’s weird, to be perfectly honest, but you do you. Why don’t you go check out Richard Linklater’s 12-year epic Boyhood instead? It’s got a 100 percent rating on RT, and we can vouch for how good it is. If you’re not sold, read Esther Zuckerman’s interview with star Ellar Coltrane. Plus, it’s about humans, and considering your already clear feelings about apes, this might be more your taste.