Movie review: The third installment of 'Planet of the Apes' is a tour de force

“War for the Planet of the Apes” is that rarest of things — the third installment of a critically acclaimed and commercially successful trilogy that works as well as the two movies that preceded it. The fact that it is aimed at summer blockbuster audiences while possessing the heart and soul of a fall prestige film is another reason to celebrate its simian audacity. If “War for the Planet of the Apes” isn’t on the list of Best Picture films when the Oscar nominations are announced next year, then we’ll have all the proof we need that the entire category is a fraud. Matt Reeves, who directed the previous franchise outing “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” is at the helm again. The story picks up two years after Koba (Toby Kebbell), the hate-filled rebel ape, initiated war against the humans. The apes are living in what looks to be an almost endless expanse of beautiful forest somewhere in the Northwest. Caesar (Andy Serkis), the Moses-like leader of the apes, is trying to keep his community together and a few steps ahead of the vengeful humans who send Army Rangers and soldiers after them every day. Starring: Andy […]

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