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Critics' Pick Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Movie Details

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Date: 2014-07-11 Nationwide
  • Running Time: 130 min.
  • Director: Matt Reeves
  • Cast: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-Mcphee, Enrique Muriciano, Kirk Acevedo
  • Producers: Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
  • Writer: Mark Bomback
  • Distributor: 20th Century Fox
  • Official Site: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Official Site

Who knows why, but the sight of apes sitting tall and proud on horseback is stirring in a primal way. That's one of the best images in Matt Reeves's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the enormously successful 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes, in which a bunch of chimps become super-smart and break out of chimp jail, running roughshod over the Golden Gate Bridge and scurrying to eternal safety in the Redwood forest.

No matter: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a much better and far less silly movie than its predecessor: It lives so confidently in its invented universe that you almost believe a society of apes could thrive on the outskirts of San Francisco, with the little ones learning their alphabet by scrutinizing letters scrawled on the face of a rock, and the big ones casting deeply meaningful looks at one another when they're not communicating via sign language and the occasional spoken word. Hey, it's San Francisco -- anything goes.

Reeves is deft at navigating the action, including lots of acrobatic chimp-vs.-chimp combat. There's an unnerving and exhilarating sequence in which those apes on horseback charge into the city from the forest, pissed as hell. Chimps and horses also stride, peacefully this time, through one of the picture's most majestic sequences, in which electrical power is restored to an old gas station. An excited human wastes no time cranking up the tunes: The song is the Band's version of "The Weight," and for a moment, apes and humans pause to take some pleasure in the sound, which drifts through the night like a laid-back cricket symphony.

Stephanie Zacharek
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  • AMC Ahwatukee 24

    AMC Ahwatukee 24

    4915 E. Ray Road Ahwatukee, AZ 85044
    602-956-4AMC
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 10:25 AM, 1:30 PM, 4:25 PM, 6:00 PM, 7:25 PM, 10:05 PM
  • AMC Arizona Center 24

    AMC Arizona Center 24

    565 N. 3rd St. Phoenix, AZ 85004
    602-956-4AMC
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 10:10 PM, 11:00 PM
  • AMC Arrowhead 14

    AMC Arrowhead 14

    7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center Glendale, AZ 85308
    602-956-4AMC
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation;Reserved Seating 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 12:50 PM, 3:00 PM, 6:10 PM, 7:35 PM, 9:05 PM
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    AMC Deer Valley 30

    3033 W. Agua Fria Freeway New River, AZ 85027
    623-434-0300
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 9:35 AM, 3:35 PM, 9:50 PM
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    AMC Desert Ridge 18

    21001 N. Tatum Phoenix, AZ 85050
    480-606-0803
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 1:05 PM, 7:15 PM
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    AMC Esplanade 14

    2515 E. Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85016
    602-667-0330
    Digital Presentation;Fork & Screen;Reserved Seating 4:15 PM, 7:30 PM
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    AMC Mesa Grand 24

    1647 S. Stapley Mesa, AZ 85204
    602-956-4AMC
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 12:30 PM, 6:30 PM
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    AMC Westgate 20

    9400 W. Hanna Drive Glendale, AZ 85306
    888-262-4386
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 11:10 AM, 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM, 8:45 PM
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  • Dickinson Palm Valley 14

    Dickinson Palm Valley 14

    1325 N. Litchfield Road Goodyear, AZ 85338
    623-535-4000
    Stadium (10:30 AM), (1:30 PM), (4:30 PM), 7:30 PM, 10:30 PM
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    Harkins Arizona Mills Luxury 25 with IMAX

    5000 Arizona Mills Circle Tempe, AZ 85281
    480-820-0387
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    16046 Arrowhead Fountns Center Drive Peoria, AZ 85382
    623-412-0122
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    2980 E. Germann Road Chandler, AZ 85286
    480-963-1502
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    3159 W. Chandler Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85226
    480-732-0110
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    1620 W. Montebello Phoenix, AZ 85015
    602-222-4275
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 10:20 AM, 1:25 PM, 4:20 PM, 7:35 PM, 10:30 PM
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    2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, AZ 85281
    480-557-0027
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    7014 E. Camelback Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    480-423-5857
    Screening Room (9:40 AM), (12:40 PM), 6:05 PM, 9:00 PM
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    Harkins Gateway Pavilions 18

    10250 W. McDowell Road Avondale, AZ 85323
    623-478-9411
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 9:45 AM, 12:45 PM, 3:45 PM, 6:45 PM, 9:45 PM
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    9615 Metro Parkway W. Phoenix, AZ 85051
    602-216-6781
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    2550 W. Happy Valley Road Phoenix, AZ 85085
    623-582-2020
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    602-482-4083
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    480-821-3198
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    480-538-1707
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    Harkins Shea 14

    7354 E. Shea Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85260
    480-948-6555
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    6950 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. Mesa, AZ 85207
    480-641-4603
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    Picture Show at Paradise Valley Mall

    4550 E. Cactus Road Phoenix, AZ 85032
    602-923-1201
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  • Regal Gilbert Stadium 14

    1012 S. Gilbert Road Gilbert, AZ 85296
    800-326-3264
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    9090 E. Indian Bend Road Scottsdale, AZ 85250
    480-302-6055
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  • West Wind Glendale 9 Drive-In

    West Wind Glendale 9 Drive-In

    5650 N. 55th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301
    623-939-9715
    Digital Projection;Doublefeature: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with Hercules 10:30 PM
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