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Posted: July 16, 2014

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (Fox)

A decade after a pandemic wiped out most of the human race, a band of survivors (led by Gary Oldman) occupying the ruins of San Francisco comes into conflict with a community of genetically evolved simians living in nearby Muir Woods. As a potential war looms, the apes' wise leader (Andy Serkis) works with a peaceable human former architect (Jason Clarke) to prevent bloodshed. Director Matt Reeves' 3-D follow-up to the 2011 reboot "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" -- the latest addition to a franchise based on the work of French science-fiction author Pierre Boulle -- blends combat action with pleas for tolerance and trust. Though the latter are delivered somewhat heavy-handedly, Serkis' striking performance, together with top-notch special effects, elevates this above run-of-the-mill entertainment. Frequent stylized violence, at least one use each of profanity and rough language, several crude and crass terms. The Catholic News Service (CNS) classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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