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The third pre­quel to 1968’s Planet of the Apes takes place in a world in which hu­mans have been wiped out by the simian flu and mon­keys are evolv­ing at a rapid rate. Ape leader Cae­sar (per­formed once more by a mo­tion-cap­tured Andy Serkis) must travel north on a re­venge mis­sion to find a crazed Army colonel gone rogue (Woody Har­rel­son). Direc­tor Matt Reeves tack­les the story with a com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence across the tech­ni­cal com­po­nents of the film, in­clud­ing some of the best spe­cial ef­fects you’ll ever see, won­der­ful sound ef­fects, a com­pelling score, and an eye for mem­o­rable images. The story can feel bleak and emo­tion­ally ma­nip­u­la­tive at times. It’s also un­com­monly rich for a sum­mer block­buster. Rated PG-13. 140 min­utes. Screens in 2-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14. (Robert Ker)

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