Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Show Times:

Sun 7/13 through Thur 7/17 7:15pm only 2D
Fri 7/18 & Sat 7/19 7:15pm only 3D
Sun 7/20 through Thur 7/24 7:15pm only 2D
Adults $5.00 / Children $4.00
Additional fee of $2.00 for 3D

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Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 130 minutes

When we last looked in on our favorite primates, they had just escaped from Gen-Sys Labs, and were scampering, swinging, and leaping to freedom across the Golden Gate Bridge in the surprisingly effective Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the series reboot. Now, several years later, the simian flu released then has wiped out most of humanity, and turned San Francisco into a foliage encrusted ghost town. Just outside the city, the apes have prospered in their own kingdom, which a handful of human survivors must traverse to get the O’Shaughnessy Dam working so that power can be restored to Chez Panisse and the rest of the desolate city. And there lies the rub. Apes and humans don’t play well together, as the remainder of the movie vividly demonstrates. The warring species stir up all sorts of interesting issues, ecological, ethical, and otherwise that might distract you from the eye candy displayed on the screen were it not so riveting. Amazingly, everything about this movie works. A strong script by the same writers who gave us Rise, Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, joined by Mark Bomback (Wolverine), is realized by the extraordinary production design and magical motion capture that seamlessly melds live action to CGI. Director Matt Reeves achieves the same impact that distinguished his cult sci-fi hit, Cloverfield, and the cast features Jason Clarke (The Chicago Code and the late-lamented, underappreciated Brotherhood), Keri Russell (The Americans), Gary Oldman, and Andy Serkis, best known for Gollum in The Hobbit.—Peter Biskind

“A gripping account of interspecies conflict, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes manages to do at least three things exceptionally well that are hard enough to pull off individually: Maintain a simmering level of tension without letup for two hours, seriously improve on a very good first entry in a franchise and produce a powerful humanistic statement using a significantly simian cast of characters. In the annals of sequels, Dawn is to Rise of the Planet of the Apes what The Empire Strikes Back was to Star Wars — it’s that much better. A mainstream blockbuster with a lot on its mind, director Matt Reeves’ synthesis of brains and brawn kicks it over the goalposts and out of the stadium, suggesting a box-office haul that will surely exceed the $482 million globally grossed by the 2011 franchise reboot.”—Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

“An altogether smashing sequel to 2011′s better-than-expected “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” this vivid, violent extension of humanoid ape Caesar’s troubled quest for independence bests its predecessor in nearly every technical and conceptual department, with incoming helmer Matt Reeves conducting the proceedings with more assertive genre elan than “Rise” journeyman Rupert Wyatt.”—Guy Lodge, Variety

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes “plunges us straight into the post-apocalyptic pressure cooker, a world of burgeoning ape civilisation and fading human dominance, as the survivors of a devastating epidemic huddle in the ruins of old San Francisco. It may lack its predecessor’s lofty ambitions, but once the bullets, spears and hairy fists start flying you’ll be too wrapped up to care.”—Tom Huddleston, Time Out London