Movie-O-Meter: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Could Be the Summer’s Best Blockbuster

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The improbable rise of the apes continues, both in the film’s narrative and in the minds of critics, who continue to swoon over this series, written by husband and wife team Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The brilliant chimp Caesar (played by Andy Serkis), a decade after the events of the first film, remains a shockingly convincing and sympathetic hero, a mightily conflicted Shakespearian protagonist stuck amongst war-monger apes and humans, alike. The film takes its sweet time to build to its shattering climax, also an anomaly in a season where most films—action or otherwise—are all too quick to try and appeal to a jacked-up audience’s fast-twitch ADD tendencies. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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Venus in Fur: A thoroughly striking film from the ever-controversial Roman Polanski, based on the Tony-winning Broadway play by David Ives. It concerns the extensive auditioning of a bedraggled actress (Emmanuelle Seigner, Polanski’s wife) by the director (Polanski doppelganger Mathieu Amalric) of a theatrical adaptation of the infamous Austrian S&M novel. The power dynamics between the couple—always a Polanski obsession—shift back and forth until the lines get sufficiently blurred to set up the film’s fascinating conclusive flourish. We suggest waiting for the DVD only because the nature of the production—two people in an empty theater, lashing out at one another—would likely play as well on a flat-screen as it would on a silver one. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Movie-O-Meter: Save Yourself From Transformers: Age of Extinction, Go See The Discoverers Instead

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The Discoverers: It’s been far too long since Griffin Dunne has had a role of sufficient significance. Sure, the After Hours star has maintained steady work, but in recent years he’s been more a TV pinch-hitter, blowing onto a set for a couple episodes and just as quickly moving on. This comedy from writer/director Justin Schwarz, making his feature debut, promises a more rewarding Dunne experience. He stars alongside John C. McGinley, and Dreama Walker as a beleaguered patriarch who takes his grown kids on a rambling Lewis and Clark reenactment adventure. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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TRAILER: Wilmington’s Aubrey Plaza Eats People in Life After Beth

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Wilmington native and Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza goes zombie in her latest project, Jeff Baena’s Life After Beth. The film—due out August 15th—concerns a teenager named Zach (Dane DeHaan), whose girlfriend (Plaza) dies, and then comes back to life when her parents, the Bible-thumping Maury and Geenie (John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon, respectively), use a little magic from the Old Testament.

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COMING SOON: BYO Wine Movie Nights at the Roxy

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Starting on June 18th, the PFS Theater at the Roxy will begin hosting a BYO movie night every Wednesday through August 27th.

Those who want to bring a bottle of wine to accompany their flick will pay $14 for a “premium ticket.” The price includes the film, a corking fee, glassware, and, duh, a fantastic buzz.

The theater is currently screening Josh Boone’s touching coming-of-ager The Fault in Our Stars, which may definitely make you weepy after a few glasses. Then, starting June 20th, Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boysstarring Villanova grad Vincent Piazza — will take over Roxy’s big screen. (Trailers for both films below.)

Wednesday screenings begin at 7 p.m. Showtimes and tickets are available here, or in the theater’s box office.

Movie-O-Meter: Edge of Tomorrow Doesn’t Make Much Sense, But the Aliens Are Cool

Our weekly roundup of new releases, ranked for your viewing pleasure, by their indispensability and watchability. Yes, we made up that word.

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Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in “Edge of Tomorrow.”

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Edge of Tomorrow: Please don’t take this as an endorsement of this latest Tom Cruise futuro-action-thriller. It’s not great, it doesn’t make much sense, and the ending is downright lousy. But visually it wins, thanks to the enigmatic Doug Limon, who has incorporated spectacular special effects involving a bunch of whippet-fast, ropey aliens. (Oh, and Emily Blunt’s not so bad, either.) This is another one of those flicks that, if you actually plan on seeing it, you might as well see it as big as you can. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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This Month’s Best New Movies on Netflix Streaming: Annie Hall, Triplets of Belleville, The Art of the Steal and More

Here we are in that glorious sweet spot of the year — finally beyond all that damned ice and snow and right before the execrable heat and humidity of deep summer. The sensible thing to do would be to go outside! Over and over! Soak up all of Philly’s splendid spring before things turn damp and dire. But, failing that, there’s always the option of holing up in your living room and watching movies. Here are our picks for the best new movies on Netflix streaming for the month of June.



Philly-Based Documentary Where I Am Available on Netflix Instant Streaming

Robert Drake revisits Ireland for the first time since his attack.

Robert Drake revisits Ireland for the first time since his attack.

Where I Am — Pamela Drynan’s 2013 documentary concerning Philadelphia writer Robert Drake — is now available to stream instantly on Netflix. The film catches up with Drake 15 years after he was severely beaten and left for dead by two men he met in a bar in Sligo, Ireland. More from G Philly:

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