Takaisin

GOING APE FOR THE 8TH TIME

For Hicksflicks.com, July 11, 2014

The big film this week is the latest "Planet of the Apes" entry, and everything else has gotten out of the way, save for one counter-programming picture about humans and some specialty items at the local art houses.

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (PG-13). This is not a chronological franchise, of course, except for the first five "Planet of the Apes" films. In 2001, Tim Burton and Mark Wahlberg remade the original film, and it wasn't until 2011 that we got another reboot, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," which relates an "origins" story. "Dawn" is a direct sequel to "Rise," with Andy Serkis doing his motion-capture monkeyshines as Cesar, this time with support from Keri Russell, Gary Oldman and Judy Greer, among others. As long as there's no James Franco, I'm there.

"Begin Again" (R) is a musical comedy-drama about a down-and-out former music executive (Mark Ruffalo) who sees raw talent in a young singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley) and tries to help her create a career using social media and away from the ruthless music industry. Co-stars include Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Corden, CeeLo Green, Mos Def and Catherine Keener.

"Luna Mesa" (R), exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas in downtown Salt Lake City, is a new film by local writer/director Trent Harris ("The Beaver Trilogy," "Rubin and Ed," "Plan 10 From Outer Space"). The story follows a young woman who is having an affair with an older man when she finds him dead in their hotel room in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A notebook filled with cryptic messages provides clues as she uses it to learn what happened. Richard Dutcher has a role, as does Harris himself.

Third Person" (R), another Broadway exclusive, is an anthology film with three stories, set, respectively, in Paris, New York and Rome, with some involving criminal activity. Stars include Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Maria Bello and Kim Basinger.

"For No Good Reason" (R), exclusively at the Tower Theater in Salt Lake City, is a documentary about British artist/cartoonist Ralph Steadman, most famous for his collaborations with Hunter S. Thompson. Celebrities that chime in include Johnny Depp, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant, Jann Wenner and the late Thompson.