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Film Club: War For The Planet Of The Apes wins over our resident Apes reboot skeptic

14 hours ago | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The final live episode of Film Club turns out to be a wartime double bill, as The A.V. Club’s film critics chase their discussion of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk with a look at War For The Planet Of The Apes. The third entry in the rebooted Planet Of The Apes series is part Clint Eastwood-style western, part Apocalypse Now homage, and part prison-break movie—an ambitious mix of genres that seems to have finally won over A.A. Dowd, The A.V. Club’s film editor and resident Apes-reboot skeptic.

Watch the final live episode of Film Club below and stay tuned for a new format next month. »

- A.A. Dowd, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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‘Dunkirk’ Box Office: Why It Stands Little Chance of Breaking War Movie Records

20 July 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Christopher Nolan’s World War II retreat-and-rescue epic “Dunkirk” has critical acclaim and is the first 2017 studio film to stand as a serious awards contender. However, it’s unlikely to become a significant player among the top war films at the box office.

Over the last decade, Nolan’s made five films that grossed $200 million-$658 million (adjusted domestic). However, while war films can still draw big numbers (Clint Eastwood’s 2014’s “American Sniper” earned $381 million, domestic adjusted), Nolan’s movie may be hampered by history.

Read More‘Dunkirk’: How Christopher Nolan Maintained Secrecy on His Set

War is the backdrop to some of the most popular films of all time, including “Star Wars” as well as “Gone With the Wind” and “The Sound of Music,” the #1 and 3 domestic grossers of all time. David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” was more of a biography-character study, but it was an epic »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Dunkirk Review: A Thrilling Exercise In Storytelling & Filmmaking

18 July 2017 8:56 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

For the past several years, filmmaker Christopher Nolan has been experimenting with some pretty big, outlandish ideas. If you take a look at the trend in his original films, The Prestige, Inception, and Interstellar, you can see a trend there that delves both inwards and outwards of the human psyche. For a man who’s tackled the deepest depths of the imagination, as well as the farthest reaches of outer space…where would he go next?

For his latest film, Dunkirk, Nolan has his most grounded subject matter yet in the form of a relatively obscure rescue mission that, to my knowledge, has received little to no screen time in decades past. However, if you were going into this hoping for something along the lines of Saving Private Ryan, Hacksaw Ridge, or even Apocalypse Now, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Dunkirk, it seems, was little more than a setting for »

- Joseph Medina

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Newswire: Weekend Box Office: Weekend of The Apes

17 July 2017 9:35 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

In a post-apocalyptic mid-June weekend, as big studio tentpoles fall slightly below projections, intelligent (but not that intelligent) apes rule the box office. Matt ReevesWar For The Planet Of The Apes took the No. 1 spot this weekend with an estimated $56.5 million, almost $16 million less than its predecessor in the rebooted Apes series, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. (This makes it the second Apocalypse Now-obsessed, Vietnam-referencing super-ape movie of the year to open below projections.) But look, $56.5 million is still a heck of a lot of money—more than enough to beat Spider-Man: Homecoming, which suffered the worst second-weekend crash in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to land at No. 2 with $45.2 million. Please note that this is still a lot of money, and that Homecoming has already made $469 million worldwide.

Meanwhile, Edgar Wright’s very fun Baby Driver »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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War for the Planet of the Apes review – smart simian showdown

16 July 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Motion-capture apes are the stars of the thrilling third prequel, a psychological western turned war movie

“Humans get sick, apes get smart, humans kill apes.” This is how Steve Zahn’s Bad Ape summarises the previous Planet of the Apes reboots. In the third of the Apes prequels (and director Matt Reeves’s second film in the series), the apes are out for revenge, led by a grizzled Caesar (Andy Serkis), whose driving “hate” is stoked by the death of his son at the hands of violent humans. Flanked by his second-in-command, gentle orang-utan Maurice (Karin Konoval), and two other apes, Caesar and co ride on horseback (an image I found beautiful, evocative and bizarre) across beaches, fields and snow-capped mountains to the prison camp where Woody Harrelson’s Colonel has rounded up the remaining apes to build a Trumpian “wall”.

Along the way they pick up a mute child (Amiah Miller) and Bad Ape, »

- Simran Hans

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All The Biblical References In War For The Planet Of The Apes [Spoilers]

14 July 2017 11:45 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for War for the Planet of the Apes.

War for the Planet of the Apes premiered across the United States last night, and since Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of my favorite movies, I was front and center to catch the latest film in this incredible series (literally, I was seated in the second row from the front, dead center). By the time the credits rolled, I was convinced I had seen not a modern day classic, but an all-time treatise on filmmaking. War is the best reviewed film in the series, and director Matt Reeves is firing on all cylinders, doing things with CGI characters that other filmmakers aren't even conceiving.

Related: War For The Planet Of The Apes Review - A Fittingly Personal Conclusion To A Great Trilogy

It isn't only Matt Reeves' effects work which wows. Reeves »

- Brian Jasper

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Woody Harrelson Says He's Not Doing Brando in 'War for the Planet of the Apes'

14 July 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It’s pretty obvious that War for the Planet of the Apes borrows thematic elements from Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now — that “Ape-ocalypse Now” graffiti in the middle of the movie is a none-too-subtle hint — but that doesn’t mean Woody Harrelson is channeling Marlon Brando’s Kurtz for his own role as a shaven-headed Colonel.

"No, no!" Harrelson told The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Galloway during their conversation for what turned into a cover story profile in the actor's own words. "It was obviously a part inspired by Kurtz, so I didn’t want to add to that by trying to »

- THR Staff

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Film Review: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Delivers Old Hollywood Glory

13 July 2017 9:54 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Since the Golden Age of cinema, theaters have tried countlessly to deliver up big budget films. Summer is here and the public is showing that they are cooling off these blockbusters, no longer fooled by the thought that cost equates to quality. “War for the Planet of the Apes” shows us that blockbusters may still be redeemed by channeling some Old Hollywood magic.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

There is a nostalgic quality that Matt Reeves injects into the “Planet of the Apes” mythos in this prequel trilogy, but it becomes much more apparent in the closing entry that is “War for the Planet of the Apes”. Reeves borrows elements, both cinematic and narrative, from the big budget Hollywood films of old and gives the film a well-earned sense of grandeur. Together, screenwriters Mark Bomback and Matt Reeves turn this tale about apes into an epic of “King Kong” proportions. The story is »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Review

13 July 2017 5:56 PM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Writer/director Matt Reeves took over the re-imagined Planet of the Apes franchise after Rupert Wyatt started the ball rolling. I was pleasantly surprised with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, bringing a grounded, emotional, exciting, and technologically mind blowing appeal to a notably campy, strange series. Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was better in nearly every way, expanding and building on the themes while greatly raising the stakes with a very logical but unexpected villain. Even better was that the bridge between motion captured apes and human characters was very, very minimal. I’m happy to report that War For the Planet of the Apes has approached a new level of realism that is unprecedented, all while maintaining the emotional depth and fantastic scope that made the second film so memorable.

It feels like a number of years have passed since the events of Dawn. »

- Mike Hassler

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Why ‘The Defiant Ones’ Director Allen Hughes Calls the Tupac-and-Marilyn-Manson Episode 3 His ‘Apocalypse Now’

11 July 2017 7:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Even in a project as mammoth as “The Defiant Ones,” director Allen Hughes still points to one installment of the four-part series as an especially daunting task: the feature-length third episode, premiering Tuesday night on HBO.

What began as a one-off project quickly grew to, in Hughes’ mind, a potential five part series. Hughes explained as part of a recent interview with IndieWire that a fateful conversation with HBO VP of Programming Nina Rosenstein. (Hughes describes her as “my godmother at HBO.”)

“At one point, I was like ‘Nina, I’m telling you, it’s five.’ I was fighting Jimmy and Dre on that, as well. Nina said, ‘It’s four.’ I said, ‘But, mathematically, that’s gonna make my job–‘ She goes, ‘Yeah, but that’s what it is. It’s four.’ I took that as a challenge. I said fuck it. That’s why Part 3 is like ‘Apocalypse Now. »

- Steve Greene

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Why ‘The Defiant Ones’ Director Allen Hughes Calls the Tupac-and-Marilyn-Manson Episode 3 His ‘Apocalypse Now’

11 July 2017 7:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Even in a project as mammoth as “The Defiant Ones,” director Allen Hughes still points to one installment of the four-part series as an especially daunting task: the feature-length third episode, premiering Tuesday night on HBO.

What began as a one-off project quickly grew to, in Hughes’ mind, a potential five part series. Hughes explained as part of a recent interview with IndieWire that a fateful conversation with HBO VP of Programming Nina Rosenstein. (Hughes describes her as “my godmother at HBO.”)

“At one point, I was like ‘Nina, I’m telling you, it’s five.’ I was fighting Jimmy and Dre on that, as well. Nina said, ‘It’s four.’ I said, ‘But, mathematically, that’s gonna make my job–‘ She goes, ‘Yeah, but that’s what it is. It’s four.’ I took that as a challenge. I said fuck it. That’s why Part 3 is like ‘Apocalypse Now. »

- Steve Greene

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‘Spielberg’ Documentary Set at HBO, Will Show Career-Spanning Behind-the-Scenes Footage

11 July 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

HBO will unveil the feature length documentary “Spielberg,” about legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg, on October 7, the company announced Tuesday. Directed by “American Masters” creator Susan Lacy, the doc examines Spielberg’s filmography in depth and draws upon nearly 30 hours of exclusive interviews with the director, who opens up about his childhood and “lifelong obsession with moviemaking.”

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Spielberg” also includes interviews with the director’s family, friends and colleagues, plus behind-the-scenes footage from films such as  “Jaws,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Et: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jurassic Park,” “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Bridge of Spies” and more.

The many film industry figures that appear in the doc include J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes, »

- Graham Winfrey

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With ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ Matt Reeves Crafts a Personal Blockbuster

11 July 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Before he took the helm of the “Planet of the Apes” franchise in 2014, Matt Reeves had no intention of ever directing a studio blockbuster. In fact, he figured he had a foolproof plan for getting himself out of any potential tentpole assignment: Insist on doing the story he wanted to do, the studio’s franchise-development apparatus be damned.

So when he was approached to direct “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” the second entry in the rebooted series inaugurated by Rupert Wyatt’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” Reeves put his foot down right away.

“I was initially excited, and then I saw the [studio’s] outline and I said, this isn’t really the story I would want to tell, I don’t think this is for me,” Reeves says. “To my shock they said, ‘no, no, wait, just tell us the story you want to do.’ I said, ‘I »

- Andrew Barker

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Post-Apocalypse Now! Ranking Cinematic Post-Apocalypses From Tolerable to Awful

11 July 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Hollywood loves a good apocalypse. Post-apocalyptic films continue to flourish, and with the way current events seem to be headed, these movies are becoming even more relevant. Be it exciting adventure films or bleak existential reflections, the end of the world is big business for show business. After all, who doesn’t want to see the […]

The post Post-Apocalypse Now! Ranking Cinematic Post-Apocalypses From Tolerable to Awful appeared first on /Film. »

- Chris Evangelista

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How ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘The Great Escape’ Influenced ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’

11 July 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The Bridge on the River KwaiThe Outlaw Josey Wales, Ben-Hur, and Apocalypse Now – these are a few of the classic films that inspired War for the Planet of the Apes. The battle of wills from David Lean’s classic and The Thin Red Line‘s “darker, more nuanced reflection of human nature” were key influences for filmmaker Matt Reeves. Before Reeves’ sequel, […]

The post How ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘The Great Escape’ Influenced ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Exclusive: Matt Reeves on War for the Planet of the Apes and The Batman

10 July 2017 9:03 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape

The protagonists to this excellent franchise – now presenting it’s third and potentially final endeavour War for the Planet of the Apes – are, as the title alludes to, apes. And yet director Matt Reeves has crafted a tale which studies our own relationship with war in a primitive way, using these characters as a catalyst to study the human condition.

We were fortunate enough to sit down with the talented filmmaker to discuss this notion, and exactly what war movies best inspired him. It’s clear too that Apocalypse Now is an influence, particularly in the performance of chief antagonist Woody Harrelson, channeling his inner Marlon Brando – and Reeves also speaks about collaborating with the great actor.

Finally, we couldn’t help but ask about The Batman, as Reeves is taking over the helm of the celebrated DC superhero. With a stylistic vision so distinctive to him as a filmmaker, »

- Stefan Pape

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'War for the Planet of the Apes' Review: Trilogy Ends With Best 'Apes' Movie Yet

10 July 2017 8:23 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's no problem making a case for Matt Reeves' War for the Planet of the Apes as both an intimate, epic adventure and one of the best movies of the summer. But first let's heap praise on the landmark performance of Andy Serkis as ape-leader Caesar. The British actor created the role in 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Rupert Wyatt, and in 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Reeves. Now he plays the charismatic chimp – a born leader of monkeys »

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Movie Review: The ambitious War For The Planet Of The Apes ends up surrendering to formula

7 July 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Are the apes—the bipedal, horseback-riding Planet Of The Apes apes—us? Matt ReevesWar For The Planet Of The Apes, the third and most technically accomplished entry in the Planet Of The Apes prequel series, almost answers this question “no,” and that’s about as close as any of these movies have gotten to breaking with the the original, in which Charlton Heston crash-landed on an all-too-familiar planet where humans had been enslaved by English-speaking, early-industrial chimps, gorillas, and orangutans whose civilization–dum, dum, dum—brought to mind a warped version of our own. In stretches, this new Apes is an audacious, idiosyncratic piece of blockbuster filmmaking: a mix of Pixar, revenge Westerns, and Apocalypse Now, told almost entirely from the point-of-view of a posse of gun-toting, super-evolved apes as they roam the snowy Sierra Nevada foothills of the post-apocalyptic future, accompanied by a mute human girl, and bear »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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The Godfather – but with chimpanzees: on set with War for the Planet of the Apes

6 July 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The revival of the franchise is a million miles from the schlocky originals – the director of the latest calls it ‘our Russian ape novel’. The makers talk about why its apocalyptic mood feels so timely

It is January 2016. On an expanse of waste ground not far from Vancouver airport lies a chilling and spectacular sight: a sprawling labour camp, larger than a football stadium, where gun towers and searchlights are silhouetted against the white winter sky. Brutalist bullet-pocked buildings are daubed with slogans: Keep Fear to Yourself, Share Courage With Others; Fight Weakness Or Perish; Give Everything. The imposing concrete structure is patched here and there with wood, corrugated iron, barbed wire and fences. A stony-faced soldier plods through the grime and snow on horseback, a rifle slung over his shoulder, as the rain turns puddles into muddy lagoons.

This is not the most auspicious setting for a summer blockbuster. »

- Ryan Gilbey

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The Road So Far: War For The Planet Of The Apes Featurette Recaps Caesar’s Saga

5 July 2017 7:59 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It began with a vision. Six years ago, James Franco’s visionary scientist Dr. William Rodman engineered what he believed to be a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by the name of Alz-112, a viral drug that was first tested on chimpanzees. The end result was a catastrophe on a global scale, as the simian flu pandemic brought humanity to its knees while the radically evolved apes began to climb up toward the top of the food chain.

At the forefront of that uprising was Caesar, a fiercely intelligent and, crucially, empathetic chimp who has since gone on to become a bona fide Messiah figure, particularly after besting the scarred renegade Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Two years have passed since Caesar regained control of Apekind, but war is looming on the horizon, and it all stems from Woody Harrelson’s sadist, The Colonel.

He’s »

- Michael Briers

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