War for the Planet of the Apes leads the new cinema releases and trailers July 14th 2017

War for the Planet of the Apes This week, there are SIX new films out for you to choose from: There’s a war for the planet of the apes in War for the Planet of the Apes, Lily Collins takes the lead in new Netflix anorexia drama To The Bone, there’s some beguiling characters in The Beguiled, enjoy a David Lynch documentary with David Lynch: The Art Life, Louis XIV gets ready to die in The Death of Louis XIV, and there’s more cars in Cars 3.

War for the Planet of the Apes is the third in the rebooted series, and this time, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson).

After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

Director Matt Reeves returns after 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which I didn’t think it was a patch on the first one in the series, 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which was directed by Rupert Wyatt (2014’s The Gambler).

As ever, Andy Serkis is back as Caesar, and the rest of the cast includes Judy Greer, Steve Zahn and Max Lloyd-Jones.

War for the Planet of the Apes can be seen in daytime screenings this Wednesday, but there are additional screenings from Tuesday evening. Strangely, almost all pre-Friday showings are 3D-only!

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Maybe!


To The Bone is a forthcoming Netflix drama starring Lily Collins (Rules Don’t Apply) as Ellen, an unruly, 20-year-old anorexic girl who spent the better part of her teenage years being shepherded through various recovery programs, only to find herself several pounds lighter every time. Determined to find a solution, her dysfunctional family agrees to send her to a group home for youths, which is led by a non-traditional doctor. Surprised by the unusual rules—and charmed by her fellow patients—Ellen has to discover for herself how to confront her addiction and attempt self-acceptance, in order to stand a chance against her demons.

She meets an unconventional doctor, Dr. William Beckham (Keanu Reeves), who challenges her to face her condition and embrace life.

Written and directed by Marti Noxon, the film also stars Carrie Preston, Alanna Ubach, Liana Liberato, Kathryn Prescott, Lili Taylor, and Brooke Smith, and I found this a very charming tale based on the trailer.

To The Bone is released by Netflix this Friday, and I’m really looking forward to this.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!


The Beguiled is a remake of Clint Eastwood’s 1971 western, directed by Don Siegel.

While imprisoned in a Confederate girls’ boarding school, an injured Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women’s hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him.

Directed by Sofia Coppola, who also wrote the screenplay based on the novel by Thomas Cullinan, the film stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Angourie Rice, and this new trailer expands on the teaser, making it look well worth a watch.

I didn’t realise it was a remake when I first saw the trailer as it looks less like a Western and more like a supernatural thriller.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!


David Lynch: The Art Life

David Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From his idyllic upbringing in small town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the events that have helped to shape one of cinema’s most enigmatic directors.

This documentary infuses Lynch’s own art, music and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world, giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. As Lynch states “I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and color them, even if they’re new ideas, the past colors them.”

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!


The Death of Louis XIV

Upon returning from a hunting expedition, King Louis XIV feels a sharp pain in his leg. He begins to die, surrounded by loyal followers in the royal chambers…

…and judging by this trailer, I’ll be dying of boredom if I watch it.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!


Cars 3

The third one about the cars.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!


Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running DVDfever.co.uk since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.
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