Month: July 2014

Review: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

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One of Hollywood’s longest running franchises continues with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes of the…whoops, got carried away. More than ten years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes of the…damn, did it again! Anyway, primate revolutionary Caesar (Andy Serkis) struggles to lead a burgeoning ape civilization while dealing with internal and external threats to his colony’s way of life. Advertisements

Review: ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’

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We’re in the midst of Summer’s white-hot, molten center, which can only mean one thing—it’s time for Michael Bay to blow up some Transformers. The fourth installment of the mega-blockbuster series, Transformers: Age of Extinction, forgets Shia LeBoeuf ever existed and replaces him with Mark Wahlberg as a struggling Texan inventor who thinks he just found a Transfoamah! ALSO: Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) pulls a sword out of a thing and becomes a […]

Review: ‘Belle’

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Amma Asante’s Belle is the type of film that gets called “lavish” and “sumptuous”—it’s got heaving bosoms galore, boasts a cast of prestigious British actors, and employs its fair share of bitchery shrouded in carefully worded pleasantries. But this 18th-century drama has more on its mind than social graces and will-they-or-won’t-they romance. It’s also tackling issues of racism, sexism, and classism as it tells the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a mixed-race […]