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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 5:00 am | Updated: 6:08 pm, Thu Jul 24, 2014.

The sequel to 2011’s terrific Rise of the Planet of the Apes picks the story up after a virus has wiped out most of humankind. The chimpanzee Caesar (played once more by Andy Serkis) leads the rapidly evolving simians in their redwood-forest community, until a human settlement (led by a man played by Gary Oldman) encroaches on them. Through one gripping scene after another — and some unconvincing leaps in certain characters’ motivations — small acts of aggression escalate into warfare. The special effects and creature performances are awe-inspiring, and the use of silence, sign language, and an often-subtle score lets the audience absorb the story peacefully. Dawn is not as memorable as Rise, but this is the best and most thoughtful blockbuster franchise going right now. Rated PG-13. 130 minutes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española. 

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