The weekend warriors of July 11, 2014 includes Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Boyhood. Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard-earned dollars, Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others and determine who will be victorious.
Last weekend, Transformers: Age of Extinction barely made the cut in one of the weakest 4th of July weekends ever. But things are looking bright, as two highly praised films are joining the fight to entertain moviegoers. APES. TOGETHER. STRONG. This is the Box Office Battlefield:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves) Rated PG-13 [130 min] – A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. Starring Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Jason Clarke, Andy Serkis, and Kodi Smit-McPhee
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 92% • Audience – 93%
It would appear that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was able to Empire Strikes Back the franchise and breaking the curse of terrible sequels. I have not had a chance to check out this film yet, but here is what others are saying:
“An exciting and engrossing blockbuster with weighty themes, it raises important moral questions as it keeps viewers riveted.” – Claudia Puig (USA Today)
“[A] heavy movie, even if it is hidden in the gorilla suit that is action-adventure entertainment.” – Jordan Hoffman (Film.com)
It’s not often that critics and audiences agree on a film, and it’s not often that a sequel triumphs over its predecessor. Sounds like this is one movie you cannot miss this year. SEE IT!
Boyhood (Richard Linklater) [Limited to LA/NY] Rated R [166 min] – The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18. Starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, and Elijah Smith
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 100% • Audience – 88%
You can always count on Linklater to deliver, and Boyhood seems like he has done it once again, but even grander this time:
“On rare occasions a movie seems to channel the flow of real life. “Boyhood” is one of those occasions.” – Joe Morgenstern (Wall Street Journal)
“Boyhood shimmers with unforced reality. It shows how an ordinary life can be reflected in an extraordinary movie.” – Richard Corliss (TIME Magazine)
There isn’t anything that could stop me from seeing this movie, and the same should be said for you too. SEE IT!
Let’s face it, Age of Extinction is a terrible, horrible, awful movie that should be jettisoned off the face of this Earth like Optimus Prime. With how poor the reviews were and how incredible the reviews are for DOTPOTA, anyone in their right mind would go ape if 20th Century Fox does not win. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be:
Winner: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
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