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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Rated PG-13, 130 min. Directed by Matt Reeves. Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Nick Thurston, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Terry Notary, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Fri., July 11, 2014

Ten years after the ape-ocalypse witnessed in 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes – in which lab chimps imbued with heightened intelligence (as a result of their time spent as simian guinea pigs) freed themselves from their cages, and headed across the San Francisco Bridge toward the California redwoods – we revisit these apes in the process of laying the groundwork for their new society. The apes are now fully bipedal (no knuckle-dragging for this colony), and live in Anasazi-like dwellings, where English-language skills and philosophical teachings (“Ape not kill ape”) are scratched onto the rock walls. In addition to monosyllabic English, the apes also speak in sign language, which is translated for viewers via subtitles – which may come as a surprise to those seeking mindless entertainment. Their leader, now as before, is Caesar (a combined marvel of computer imaging and motion-capture acting by Andy Serkis – the undisputed king of this type of body acting, having previously “played” Gollum and King Kong for Peter Jackson). And don’t get hung up on human nomenclature which reasons that something titled Dawn should precede Rise instead of the reverse – the filmmakers certainly don’t.

Dawn opens with a montage of news footage that explains how a simian flu epidemic has destroyed the human species. (Admittedly, it’s a bit startling to see former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the first image onscreen, repurposing, as this film does, words uttered in the past by the mayor and President Obama, warning citizens about disaster preparedness in the face of hurricanes, not monkeys.) After observing the simians’ new social order for a bit (an impressive feat of CGI technology), we learn that there are actually human survivors who have an inexplicable immunity to the pathogen that killed off most of their brethren. A human search party led by Malcolm (Clarke) and his medic wife Ellie (Russell) travels deep into the apes’ forest territory to investigate the remains of a hydroelectric dam, with the hope of restoring electricity to the spartan human colonies back in San Francisco. A gun goes off, an ape dies, and rapprochement between the species falls to the cooler heads of Caesar and Malcolm.

The narrative and its attendant lessons about how one rotten ape and/or human can spoil the bunch are engaging, although I found myself drifting during the battle sequences. Call me a bigot or species-ist, but, to my eyes, most of these apes look alike – especially during chaotic action sequences. Also, the dulling of image brightness when wearing 3-D glasses exacerbates the overall blur of monkey mass. (This is a movie that should be totally fine to see in conventional 2-D.) Matt Reeves proves to have been a good choice to further this series, given his previous triumphs with the jangling creature feature Cloverfield and the unsettling story of adolescent blood lust in Let Me In. Reeves knows how to eke pathos from CGI and heartbreak from teenaged vampires: He’s perfect for this story about the beasts that lie within.

(A side note to lovers of the Band: Never has that group’s oft-used song “The Weight” been deployed more deftly and strategically: It makes a mesmerizingly joyous noise in the forest.)


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Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz

320 E. Sixth  512/476-1320

drafthouse.com/austin

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily by phone or website.

TUE JUL 29

4:15, 7:30, 10:40

WED JUL 30

4:15, 7:30, 10:40

THU JUL 31

4:35

Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

14028 U.S. 183 N.  512/861-7070

www.drafthouse.com/austin

TUE JUL 29

10:25am, 2:40, 3:35, 5:10, 7:55, 10:00, 11:25

WED JUL 30

10:00am, 12:45, 3:05, 5:00, 6:40, 8:15, 11:15

THU JUL 31

10:00am, 12:35, 2:30, 3:50, 5:40, 6:30, 9:55, 10:35

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter Ln.  512/476-1320

drafthouse.com/austin

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

TUE JUL 29

11:15am, 2:50, 4:50, 6:15, 9:50

WED JUL 30

11:15am, 2:50, 4:50, 6:15, 9:50

THU JUL 31

11:45am, 2:00, 6:20, 10:00

Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W. Anderson  512/459-7090

www.drafthouse.com/austin

Tuesday matinee Baby Day shows (first show of the day) are intended for parents and their children younger than 6. Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

TUE JUL 29

11:00am, 1:10, 4:40, 6:30, 9:50

WED JUL 30

11:00am, 1:10, 4:40, 6:30, 9:50

THU JUL 31

10:50am, 1:05, 4:15, 7:55, 8:25

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy  888/262-4386

www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

TUE JUL 29

3-D, CC/DVS: 4:35, 10:40
CC/DVS, digital: 1:25, 7:40

WED JUL 30

3-D, CC/DVS: 4:35, 10:40
CC/DVS, digital: 1:25, 7:40

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park  800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

TUE JUL 29

3-D: 12:30, 3:40, 7:00, 10:10
digital: 9:40am, 1:00, 4:20, 7:30, 10:40

WED JUL 30

3-D: 12:30, 3:40, 7:00, 10:10
digital: 9:40am, 1:00, 4:20, 7:30, 10:40

THU JUL 31

3-D: 12:30, 3:40
digital: 9:40am, 1:00, 4:20, 7:30, 10:40

Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 14

12812 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave  800/326-3264

www.cinemark.com/theater_showtimes.asp?theater_id=377

TUE JUL 29

3-D: 12:05, 6:35
digital: 3:20, 9:50

WED JUL 30

3-D: 12:05, 6:35
digital: 3:20, 9:50

THU JUL 31

3-D: 12:05
digital: 3:20

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock  800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

TUE JUL 29

3-D: 10:00am, 10:35
digital: 1:10, 4:15, 7:30

WED JUL 30

3-D: 10:00am, 10:35
digital: 1:10, 4:15, 7:30

THU JUL 31

3-D: 10:35am
digital: 1:10, 4:15

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35  800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

TUE JUL 29

3-D: 10:55am, 2:25, 5:35, 8:45
digital: 10:20am, 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20

WED JUL 30

3-D: 10:55am, 2:25, 5:35, 8:45
digital: 10:20am, 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20

THU JUL 31

3-D: 10:55am, 2:25
digital: 10:20am, 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., Pflugerville  512/251-0938

www.cinemark.com

TUE JUL 29

3-D: 10:15am, 1:30, 4:45, 8:15
digital: 11:30am, 3:00, 6:30, 9:30

WED JUL 30

3-D: 10:15am, 1:30, 4:45, 8:15
digital: 11:30am, 3:00, 6:30, 9:30

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown  512/868-9922

TUE JUL 29

10:00am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:05, 10:20

WED JUL 30

10:00am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:05, 10:20

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock  512/244-3549

www.flixbrewhouse.com/en/texas/flix-brewhouse/

TUE JUL 29

3-D: 12:30
digital: 3:40, 6:45, 8:55

WED JUL 30

3-D: 12:30
digital: 3:40, 6:45, 8:55

THU JUL 31

3-D: 12:30
digital: 3:40, 8:55

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville  512/467-7305

www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

TUE JUL 29

digital: 10:00am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

WED JUL 30

3-D: 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45
digital: 10:00am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

THU JUL 31

3-D: 12:45, 3:45
digital: 10:00am, 1:00, 4:00

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake  512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

TUE JUL 29

3-D, CC/DVS: 12:55, 4:00, 7:25, 10:25
CC/DVS: 12:20, 3:30, 7:00, 10:00

WED JUL 30

3-D, CC/DVS: 12:55, 4:00, 7:25, 10:25
CC/DVS: 12:20, 3:30, 7:00, 10:00

THU JUL 31

3-D, CC/DVS: 12:55, 4:00, 7:25, 10:25
CC/DVS: 12:20, 3:30

Lakeline

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr.  512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

TUE JUL 29

CC/DVS: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20

WED JUL 30

CC/DVS: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg B  512/501-3520

www.themoviehouse.com/‎

TUE JUL 29

DINE-IN: 11:45am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:15
DINE-IN: 11:45am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:15
DINE-IN: 11:45am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:15

WED JUL 30

DINE-IN: 11:45am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:15
DINE-IN: 11:45am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:15
DINE-IN: 11:45am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:15

THU JUL 31

DINE-IN: 11:45am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:15
DINE-IN: 11:45am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:15
DINE-IN: 11:45am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:15

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

TUE JUL 29

3:30, 10:10
3-D: 12:30, 6:50

WED JUL 30

3:30, 10:10
3-D: 12:30, 6:50

THU JUL 31

3:30, 10:10
3-D: 12:30, 6:50

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos  512/805-8000

TUE JUL 29

11:10am, 2:05, 5:00, 8:00
3-D: 12:10, 3:05, 9:45

WED JUL 30

11:10am, 2:05, 5:00, 8:00
3-D: 12:10, 3:05, 6:15, 9:45

THU JUL 31

11:10am, 2:05, 5:00
3-D: 12:10, 3:05, 6:15, 9:45

Tinseltown North

N. I-35 & FM 1825, Pflugerville  512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

TUE JUL 29

3-D: 10:50am, 2:25, 5:35, 8:55
digital: 12:35, 3:55, 7:15, 10:35

WED JUL 30

3-D: 10:50am, 2:25, 5:35, 8:55
digital: 12:35, 3:55, 7:15, 10:35

THU JUL 31

3-D: 10:50am, 2:25, 5:35, 8:55
digital: 12:35, 3:55, 7:15, 10:35

Tinseltown South

5501 S. I-35  512/326-4408

$10 "special event" ticket prices apply to Indian films.

TUE JUL 29

3-D: 11:10am, 2:15, 5:25, 8:35
digital: 12:40, 3:55, 7:00, 10:10

WED JUL 30

3-D: 11:10am, 2:15, 5:25, 8:35
digital: 12:40, 3:55, 7:00, 10:10

THU JUL 31

3-D: 11:10am, 2:15, 5:25, 8:35
digital: 12:40, 3:55, 7:00, 10:10

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar Blvd  512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

TUE JUL 29

3-D, CC/DVS: 10:35am, 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:15
CC/DVS: 10:15am, 1:05, 4:00, 7:00, 9:50

WED JUL 30

3-D, CC/DVS: 10:35am, 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:15
CC/DVS: 10:15am, 1:05, 4:00, 7:00, 9:50

THU JUL 31

3-D, CC/DVS: 1:25, 4:25
CC/DVS: 12:45, 4:00, 7:00, 9:50
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