War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes

2017, PG-13, 140 min. Directed by Matt Reeves. Starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval, Amiah Miller, Terry Notary, Michael Adamthwaite, Toby Kebbel, Devyn Dalton, Ty Olson.

REVIEWED By Marc Savlov, Fri., July 14, 2017

It’s a rare thing for a trilogy to best itself again and again. Even George Miller’s dystopian gearhead Mad Max series stumbled with its third entry, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Of course, 20 years later Mad Max: Fury Road, “in the roar of an engine,” regained everything. Even so, cinematic trifectas are notoriously tricky to pull off. It’s an undeniable pleasure, then, to say that War for the Planet of the Apes is a glorious, action-and-pathos packed capstone to the rebooted Apes franchise. In just under two and a half hours, director Reeves and co-screenwriter Mark Bomback make monkeys of the film’s bellicose, desperate human survivors and compassionate, utterly believable “humans” of the ape society. (That’s not a knock on actual apes, okay?) War does feature a handful of breathtaking battle sequences, but of all three Apes movies, this is the most knowing, relatable, and intensely realized depiction of humanity’s end and the hyper-intelligent chimps, gorillas, and orangutans’ taking over the planet.

Fifteen years on from the events portrayed in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the simian protagonists are still led by Caesar (Serkis). His forested redoubt in the high sierras is enduring hit-and-run attacks from a nearby band of soldiers commanded by mad dreamer the Colonel (Harrelson). When one of the heavily armed human raids results in the death of Caesar’s wife and child, the formerly peace-seeking chimpanzee sets out to avenge their deaths and take as many of the Colonel’s soldiers down as possible. His wise orangutan friend Maurice (Konoval) cautions against it, while second-in-command gorilla Luca (Adamthwaite) knows that his leader will never let the atrocity go. A posse is formed to find the location of the human base and, while traveling there on horseback, they meet up with a frightened chimpanzee, Bad Ape (Zahn). Formerly an abused zoo animal who came to believe the phrase “bad ape” was his actual name, the character provides the otherwise grim film with some light comic relief mixed with melancholy. They also discover a mute human child they name Nova. (Longtime Apes fans will surely get the reference.)

Pared down to its essence, War is equal parts Western and Apocalypse Now – or “ape-pocalypse now” as some briefly seen graffiti puts it. Harrelson’s Colonel is a direct homage to Brando’s Kurtz in the Coppola classic, and the gunslinging ape posse act as a clever variant on the “You shot my pa!” tropes common to the Western genre. In the end, war is hell no matter what species you are.

Don’t bother with the 3-D version of this sci-fi morality tale; it’s not necessary thanks to the inspired motion-capture acting of the simian cast and the richly detailed CGI animation that brings so much life to its non-human heroes. It’s odd, perhaps, to find yourself rooting for the other side of the evolutionary ladder, but Reeves’ movie will have you doing just that. You might even want to bring a hankie to this morality vs. mortality tragic tale of the war to end all wars.

Showtimes

Wed., July 26

9:40am, 1:00, 4:20, 7:45, 11:05

Fri., July 28

12:05, 3:50, 7:35, 11:05

Sat., July 29

12:05, 3:50, 7:35, 11:05

Sun., July 30

2:55, 6:20, 9:40

Mon., July 31

12:05, 3:45, 7:35, 11:05

Tue., Aug. 1

3:50, 7:35, 11:05
AFA 12:05

Wed., July 26

12:00, 3:30, 7:30, 9:45

Fri., July 28

11:10am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

Sat., July 29

11:45am, 2:25, 6:00, 9:20

Sun., July 30

11:20am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

Mon., July 31

11:20am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

Tue., Aug. 1

11:20am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

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

Wed., July 26

11:55am, 3:20, 7:15, 10:35

Fri., July 28

11:40am, 3:00, 6:35, 10:00

Sat., July 29

11:40am, 3:10, 6:35, 10:00

Sun., July 30

11:30am, 3:20, 6:55, 10:15

Mon., July 31

11:10am, 2:55, 6:25, 9:50

Tue., Aug. 1

3:00, 6:25, 9:55
AFA 11:20am

Wed., July 26

12:25, 2:10, 6:10, 9:50

Thu., July 27

12:25, 2:40

Fri., July 28

11:45am, 3:05, 6:25, 9:45

Sat., July 29

11:45am, 3:05, 6:25, 9:45

Sun., July 30

11:45am, 3:05, 6:25, 9:45

Mon., July 31

12:35, 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/village

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.

Wed., July 26

12:20, 3:40, 8:00, 9:45

Fri., July 28

11:50am, 3:10, 6:30, 9:50

Sat., July 29

11:50am, 3:10, 6:30, 10:00

Sun., July 30

11:20am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:30

Mon., July 31

11:50am, 3:10, 6:30, 10:00

Tue., Aug. 1

4:00, 7:30, 10:05
AFA 12:40

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

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

Wed., July 26

3-D, CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 12:45, 4:00, 7:15
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 11:30am, 3:00, 6:15, 9:30

Fri., July 28

3-D, CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 11:00am, 6:00
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 2:30, 9:10

Sat., July 29

3-D, CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 11:00am, 6:00
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 2:30, 9:10

Sun., July 30

3-D, CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 11:00am, 6:00
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 2:30, 9:10

Mon., July 31

3-D, CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 11:45am, 6:30
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 3:00, 9:45

Tue., Aug. 1

3-D, CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 11:45am, 6:30
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 3:00, 9:45

Cinemark Cedar Park

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

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Wed., July 26

3-D, luxury lounger 10:30am, 5:10
digital, luxury lounger 9:30am, 12:50, 1:50, 4:10, 7:30, 8:30, 10:40

Thu., July 27

3-D, luxury lounger 10:30am, 5:10
digital, luxury lounger 9:30am, 12:50, 1:50, 4:10, 7:30, 8:30, 10:40

Fri., July 28

digital, luxury lounger 10:20am, 2:10, 6:10, 9:30

Sat., July 29

digital, luxury lounger 10:20am, 2:10, 6:10, 9:30

Sun., July 30

digital, luxury lounger 10:20am, 2:10, 6:10, 9:30

Mon., July 31

digital, luxury lounger 10:20am, 2:10, 6:10, 9:30

Tue., Aug. 1

digital, luxury lounger 10:20am, 2:10, 6:10, 9:30

Wed., July 26

3-D, luxury lounger 2:00, 8:40
digital, luxury lounger 10:40am, 12:10, 3:30, 5:20, 6:50, 10:10

Fri., July 28

digital, luxury lounger 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:10

Sat., July 29

digital, luxury lounger 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:10

Sun., July 30

digital, luxury lounger 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:10

Mon., July 31

digital, luxury lounger 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:10

Tue., Aug. 1

digital, luxury lounger 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:10

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.

Wed., July 26

3-D 2:00, 5:20
digital 10:40am, 12:30, 3:40, 7:05, 8:40, 10:25

Thu., July 27

3-D 2:00
digital 10:40am, 12:30, 3:40, 7:05, 10:25

Fri., July 28

digital 12:00, 3:25, 7:25, 10:35

Sat., July 29

digital 12:00, 3:25, 7:25, 10:35

Sun., July 30

digital 12:00, 3:25, 7:25, 10:35

Mon., July 31

digital 12:00, 3:25, 7:25, 10:35

Tue., Aug. 1

digital 12:00, 3:25, 7:25, 10:35

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

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

Wed., July 26

3-D, luxury lounger 12:10, 3:30, 10:00
digital, luxury lounger 10:00am, 1:15, 4:30, 6:40, 8:15

Fri., July 28

3-D, luxury lounger 10:00
digital, luxury lounger 12:10, 3:30, 6:40

Sat., July 29

3-D, luxury lounger 10:00
digital, luxury lounger 12:10, 3:30, 6:40

Sun., July 30

3-D, luxury lounger 10:00
digital, luxury lounger 12:10, 3:30, 6:40

Mon., July 31

3-D, luxury lounger 10:00
digital, luxury lounger 12:10, 3:30, 6:40

Tue., Aug. 1

3-D, luxury lounger 10:00
digital, luxury lounger 12:10, 3:30, 6:40

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Wed., July 26

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

Fri., July 28

digital 11:15am, 3:00, 6:30, 9:40

Sat., July 29

digital 11:15am, 3:00, 6:30, 9:40

Sun., July 30

digital 11:15am, 3:00, 6:30, 9:40

Mon., July 31

digital 11:15am, 3:00, 6:30, 9:40

Tue., Aug. 1

digital 11:15am, 3:00, 6:30, 9:40

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Wed., July 26

11:25am, 3:05, 3:50, 6:25, 9:50

Thu., July 27

11:25am, 3:05, 3:50, 6:25, 9:50

Fri., July 28

11:25am, 3:05, 6:25, 9:50

Sat., July 29

11:25am, 3:05, 6:25, 9:50

Sun., July 30

3:05, 6:25, 9:50

Mon., July 31

11:25am, 3:05, 6:25, 9:50

Tue., Aug. 1

3:05, 6:25, 9:50

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Wed., July 26

12:00, 3:45, 7:00, 10:10

Thu., July 27

12:00, 3:45, 7:00, 10:10

Fri., July 28

12:30, 3:55, 7:10, 10:20

Sat., July 29

12:30, 3:55, 7:10, 10:20

Sun., July 30

12:30, 3:55, 7:10, 10:20

Mon., July 31

12:30, 3:55, 7:10, 10:20

Tue., Aug. 1

12:30, 3:55, 7:10, 10:20

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Wed., July 26

CC 11:00am, 2:30, 6:40, 9:45

Thu., July 27

CC 11:00am, 2:30, 6:40, 9:45

Fri., July 28

CC 11:00am, 2:45, 6:30, 10:00

Sat., July 29

CC 11:00am, 2:45, 6:30, 10:00

Sun., July 30

CC 11:00am, 2:45, 6:30, 10:00

Mon., July 31

CC 11:00am, 2:45, 6:30, 10:00

Tue., Aug. 1

CC 11:00am, 2:45, 6:30, 10:00

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.

Wed., July 26

3-D, CC/DL/HI 1:00
CC/DL/HI 4:00, 7:00, 7:15, 10:00, 10:15

Thu., July 27

3-D, CC/DL/HI 1:00
CC/DL/HI 4:00, 7:00, 7:15, 10:00, 10:15

Fri., July 28

CC/DL/HI 10:00am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Sat., July 29

CC/DL/HI 10:00am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Sun., July 30

CC/DL/HI 10:00am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Mon., July 31

CC/DL/HI 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Tue., Aug. 1

CC/DL/HI 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

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.

Wed., July 26

3-D, CC/DVS 1:10, 4:00, 4:30, 8:30
CC/DVS 12:20, 12:50, 3:30, 6:45, 7:30, 9:55, 10:25

Thu., July 27

3-D, CC/DVS 1:10, 4:00, 4:30, 8:30
CC/DVS 12:20, 12:50, 3:30, 6:45, 7:30, 9:55, 10:25

Fri., July 28

3-D, CC/DVS 12:20, 6:55
CC/DVS 3:30, 10:20

Sat., July 29

3-D, CC/DVS 12:20, 6:55
CC/DVS 3:30, 10:20

Sun., July 30

3-D, CC/DVS 12:20, 6:55
CC/DVS 3:30, 10:20

Mon., July 31

3-D, CC/DVS 12:20, 6:55
CC/DVS 3:30, 10:20

Tue., Aug. 1

3-D, CC/DVS 12:20, 6:55
CC/DVS 3:30, 10:20

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Wed., July 26

12:10, 3:25, 6:55, 9:45

Thu., July 27

12:10, 3:25, 6:55, 9:45

Fri., July 28

12:10, 3:25, 6:55, 9:45

Sat., July 29

12:10, 3:25, 6:55, 9:45

Sun., July 30

12:10, 3:25, 6:55, 9:45

Mon., July 31

12:10, 3:25, 6:55, 9:45

Tue., Aug. 1

12:10, 3:25, 6:55, 9:45

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Wed., July 26

11:30am, 3:00, 6:45, 10:40

Fri., July 28

11:05am, 2:40, 6:15, 10:00

Sat., July 29

11:05am, 2:40, 6:15, 10:00

Sun., July 30

11:05am, 2:40, 6:15, 10:00

Mon., July 31

11:05am, 2:40, 6:15, 10:00

Tue., Aug. 1

11:05am, 2:40, 6:15, 10:00

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

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

Wed., July 26

3-D, CC/DVS 1:30, 4:50, 8:10
CC/DVS 11:50am, 3:10, 6:30, 9:50

Thu., July 27

3-D, CC/DVS 1:30, 4:50, 8:10
CC/DVS 11:50am, 3:10, 6:30, 9:50

Fri., July 28

3-D, CC/DVS 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:10
CC/DVS 1:50, 5:10, 8:30

Sat., July 29

3-D, CC/DVS 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:10
CC/DVS 1:50, 5:10, 8:30

Sun., July 30

3-D, CC/DVS 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:10
CC/DVS 1:50, 5:10, 8:30

Mon., July 31

3-D, CC/DVS 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:10
CC/DVS 1:50, 5:10, 8:30

Tue., Aug. 1

3-D, CC/DVS 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:10
CC/DVS 1:50, 5:10, 8:30

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/austin/

Wed., July 26

11:00am, 2:35, 6:10, 10:00

Thu., July 27

11:00am, 2:35, 6:10, 10:00

Fri., July 28

11:05am, 2:35, 6:00, 9:45

Sat., July 29

11:05am, 2:35, 6:00, 9:45

Sun., July 30

11:05am, 2:35, 6:00, 9:45

Mon., July 31

11:05am, 2:35, 6:00, 9:45

Tue., Aug. 1

11:05am, 2:35, 6:00, 9:45

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Wed., July 26

9:45am, 11:25am, 1:00, 3:05, 6:25, 7:30, 9:50

Thu., July 27

9:45am, 11:25am, 1:00, 3:05, 6:25, 7:30, 9:50

Fri., July 28

9:45am, 12:55, 4:15, 7:35, 10:45

Sat., July 29

9:45am, 12:55, 4:15, 7:35, 10:45

Sun., July 30

9:45am, 12:55, 4:15, 7:35, 10:45

Mon., July 31

9:45am, 12:55, 4:15, 7:35, 10:45

Tue., Aug. 1

12:55, 4:15, 7:35, 10:45

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Wed., July 26

11:40am, 3:40, 6:50, 9:55

Thu., July 27

11:40am, 3:40, 6:50, 9:55

Fri., July 28

11:40am, 3:40, 6:50, 9:55

Sat., July 29

11:40am, 3:40, 6:50, 9:55

Sun., July 30

11:40am, 3:40, 6:50, 9:55

Mon., July 31

11:40am, 3:40, 6:50, 9:55

Tue., Aug. 1

11:40am, 3:40, 6:50, 9:55

Wed., July 26

1:00, 2:50, 7:45, 10:20

Fri., July 28

12:30, 4:00, 7:30, 9:45

Sat., July 29

12:30, 4:00, 7:30, 9:45

Sun., July 30

12:30, 4:00, 7:30, 9:45

Mon., July 31

12:30, 4:00, 7:30, 9:45

Tue., Aug. 1

12:30, 4:00, 7:30, 9:45

Starplex 12 San Marcos

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

Wed., July 26

11:30am, 12:00, 3:45, 6:15, 7:00, 10:10
3-D 2:45, 9:15

Thu., July 27

11:30am, 12:00, 3:45, 6:15, 7:00, 10:10
3-D 2:45, 9:15

Fri., July 28

12:30, 3:55, 7:10, 10:20

Sat., July 29

12:30, 3:55, 7:10, 10:20

Sun., July 30

12:30, 3:55, 7:10, 10:20

Mon., July 31

12:30, 3:55, 7:10, 10:20

Tue., Aug. 1

12:30, 3:55, 7:10, 10:20

Tinseltown North

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

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

Wed., July 26

3-D 2:00, 9:00
D-Box 12:15, 3:45, 7:15, 10:40
digital 10:25am, 12:15, 3:45, 5:30, 7:15, 10:40

Fri., July 28

3-D 1:50
digital 10:20am
digital, luxury lounger 12:10, 3:40, 7:10, 10:40

Sat., July 29

3-D 1:50
digital 10:20am
digital, luxury lounger 12:10, 3:40, 7:10, 10:40

Sun., July 30

digital 9:45am, 5:25
digital, luxury lounger 12:10, 3:40, 7:10, 10:40

Mon., July 31

3-D 1:50, 8:55
digital 10:20am, 5:25
digital, luxury lounger 12:10, 3:40, 7:10, 10:40

Tue., Aug. 1

3-D 1:50, 8:55
digital 10:20am, 5:25
digital, luxury lounger 12:10, 3:40, 7:10, 10:40

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.

Wed., July 26

CC/DVS 10:25am, 12:55, 1:25, 2:45, 4:45, 6:00, 7:00, 9:10, 10:05

Thu., July 27

CC/DVS 10:15am, 12:35, 1:25, 4:00, 4:45, 7:00, 10:05

Fri., July 28

CC/DVS 10:10am, 12:55, 4:00, 7:15, 10:20, 12:10am

Sat., July 29

CC/DVS 10:10am, 12:55, 4:00, 7:15, 10:20, 12:10am

Sun., July 30

CC/DVS 10:10am, 12:55, 4:00, 7:05, 9:35

Mon., July 31

CC/DVS 10:10am, 12:55, 4:00, 7:05, 9:35

Tue., Aug. 1

CC/DVS 10:10am, 12:55, 4:00, 7:05, 9:35
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