Daniel Barnes @ the SN&R/CSIndy (7/17 and 7/24 issues)

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-As advertised, the motion-captured monkey effects in Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes are next-generation stuff, a leap forward from the leap forward of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and the various CGI primates have a tactile presence that is legitimately jaw-dropping and borderline disturbing. Too bad the megapixels are the only things that matter here, and however photo-realistic the monkey fur, a cardboard character is still a cardboard character. Common decency will not allow me to completely dismiss a film in which a viscerally realistic primate rides a horse down California Avenue with machine guns blasting in both paws, but I never really cared who the ape was blasting or why.

-My review of Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, featuring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last lead performance, was reprinted in the Colorado Springs Independent.