Upon Apes and Hermia (This Week’s Movies)


War for the Planet of the Apes (courtesy Twentieth Century Fox)

Links to my reviews published this week in the Herald and Seattle Weekly, and etc.

War for the Planet of the Apes. “This is a combat-mission film and a jailbreak movie, and if you can take the sight of digitally rendered chimpanzees and orangutans enacting Braveheart-style heroics, it succeeds on both counts.”

Wish Upon. “The usual idiotic decision-making is on display.”

Hermia & Helena. “Things are never quite what they seem in this film’s mischievous scheme, and although this idea feels breezy as it’s playing out, there’s something essential and very human about that observation.”

Framing Pictures convenes this evening at Scarecrow Video, at 7 pm. Please join us for more essential movie talk. From the FP Facebook page: “Framing Pictures experiences a new burst of freedom July 14. What is that all about? Perhaps getting to be deliriously happy at the prospect of talking about the Master, Alfred Hitchcock, whose first certifiably Hitchcockian film The Lodger has just received the deluxe Criterion treatment, and whose incomparable legacy is being celebrated at length on Turner Classic Movies this month. We’ll also sample the current film scene–perhaps Sofia Coppola’s Cannes prizewinning redo of The Beguiled, or Baby Driver, and by all means the sophomore effort from A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour, The Bad Batch. Showtime is 7 p.m. Friday, Bastille Day, in the Scarecrow Video Screening Room, 5030 Roosevelt Way N.E. Cost of admission: nary a sou.”


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