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(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: why an otherwise very good movie like War For the Planet of the Apes suffers from being indebted to other movies.)

War For the Planet of the Apes is a stunning capper to one of the greatest blockbuster trilogies ever. The reviews have flowed in praising the sci-fi film’s emotional heft and mind-blowing use of technology — our own review on /Film gave it a rare 10 out of 10 — and I can agree that it’s an example of the best of its genre.

And like many sci-fi genre films these days, War For the Planet of the Apes relied heavily on homages and parallels to popular genres of the past, from Westerns to Biblical epics. It seems to be a signifier of any intellectual blockbuster nowadays — how nimbly can they transform an established movie genre and appeal to the audiences’ esteem of the genre to which they’re paying homage? War For the Planet of the Apes is not the first nor the last to do this, and it does it marvelously. But are sci-fi blockblusters limiting themselves by giving deference to other genres before them?

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War for the Planet of the Apes TV spots

If Matt ReevesWar for the Planet of the Apes is as good as its trailers make it out to be – and we have no reason to think it won’t live up to that high bar – that should put these movies in the conversation of the best cinematic trilogies ever made. The two films before this one, especially Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, are tremendous pieces of pop storytelling, and though the new one looks to take a darker turn, it’s exactly where this story has been heading from the start.

20th Century Fox has unveiled two new War for the Planet of the Apes TV spots as a nice chaser for the new trailer that dropped earlier this week. Check them out below.
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The Glass Castle trailer

The 2013 indie film Short Term 12 launched Brie Larson’s career in a big way, and in the relatively quick time since then, she’s starred in a major studio comedy (Trainwreck), a massive Hollywood monster movie (Kong: Skull Island), and snagged the lead role in an upcoming Marvel superhero film. And don’t forget about that Best Actress Oscar she won for her work in Room.

Things have been a lot quieter for Short Term 12’s director, Destin Daniel Cretton, who hasn’t directed a movie since. But he’s reunited with his old collaborator for a new movie, and the first trailer has just arrived. Check out the first trailer for The Glass Castle below.
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The final trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes will bring about “the end” — but for whom?

We find Caesar (Andy Serkis) broken, physically and emotionally, by the toll of war, as the fate of apes and humanity hangs in the balance. But as the war escalates to its final act, led on the human side by Woody Harrelson and what looks like a primate who has betrayed his kind, Caesar finds hope in a silent, lost child who he takes under his wing.

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Girl in War for the Planet of the Apes

Matt Reeves is aiming high with War for the Planet of the Apes. He looked to such classics as Bridge on the River KwaiBen-Hur, and The Outlaw Josey Wales for inspiration, giving us a clear idea of where his head is at with the sequel. For The Batman director, he saw an emotional connection between his sequel and those films, so Reeves and co-writer Mark Bomback reacquainted themselves with those classics and took some notes.

Below, learn more about the War for the Planet of the Apes influences and check out a new pic from the film.

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The war between man and ape is in full swing, and it doesn’t look pretty. Director Matt Reeves‘ War for the Planet of the Apes looks like the biggest and perhaps most intense addition to the series yet, but it also looks to continue the series’ great tradition of thoughtful science-fiction. Talk of war and abandoning humanity to save humanity is every bit as thrilling as some ape vs. man action in the latest War for the Planet of the Apes trailer.

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