This Week In Theaters - July 11, 2014

Published: Jul 10, 2014 17:27pm EDT
By Bob Phelan, Movie Critic for Konsume Entertainment

Please Note: This article was updated Jul 10, 2014 @ 05:27pm EDT


It might've been the fourth of July but there weren't many fireworks at the box office as it was the lowest grossing July 4th weekend in quite some time but thats to be expected with no big releases. 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' remained in first place with $37 million, a 63% drop from its opening weekend. The biggest of the new releases was 'Tammy' with $21.5 million. Thats not too bad for an R rated comedy with bad word of mouth. 'Deliver Us From Evil' was fourth with just under $10 million and 'Earth to Echo' was sixth with just over $8 million.

This weekend is probably my most anticipated weekend of the summer between the big release and the independent film coming out. The big release is 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' which is the sequel to the 2011 film 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' which is a prequel/reboot of the original 'Planet of the Apes'. I was a fan of 'Rise' and having just re-watched it this week I can say that it holds up. It wasn't a great movie but certainly much better than I expected. Its not one of these half assed remake/reboots like 'Total Recall' or 'RoboCop'. There is plenty of cheesey dialogue and blockbuster cliches but the character development of Caesar is fantastic. Its a great origin story that helps to wash the taste of Tim Burton's 'Planet of the Apes' remake out of your mouth.

The sequel takes place 10 years later after Caesar and his simian friends have created a habitat for themselves until a group of humans come across them. Looks like there is a risk of all out war as we head towards the seemingly inevitable ape controlled earth. Matt Reeves has taken over the director's chair which is exciting to me as hes made two great movies already ('Cloverfield' and 'Let Me In'). Reviews are great and I saw the trailer when I went to see 'Edge of Tomorrow' (which is awesome by the way, go see it!) and it was very effective at getting across an epic feel. The human cast is all new led by Jason Clarke ('Zero Dark Thirty'), Keri Russell ('The Americans'), and Gary Oldman ('Everything').

In limited release is another one of my most anticipated movies of the year, Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood'. He who made such movies as the Before trilogy, 'Dazed and Confused', and 'School of Rock' comes out with his most ambitious film to date. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as a young boy's parents it was filmed over the span of 12 years with all the same cast to portray the boy's transition into a man. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to incredible reviews and currently sits at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. The word masterpiece is being tossed around quite frequently. At almost three hours its supposed to be an epic telling of an intimate story. I'm a sucker for coming of age films in general and this one sounds like it could be one of the best ever told.

Best Bet: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' is a must see but definitely keep an eye out for 'Boyhood' if it hits a theater near you or at least on Blu-Ray/DVD.


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