The stage is set for the epic (as in planet-changing epic) war between humans and apes in the full trailer for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” the sequel to 2011’s solid franchise reboot, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” As you can see in the trailer, “Dawn” is a very different creature than its lab thriller predecessor (which banked a tidy $481 million worldwide), as director Matt Reeves brings the same kind of melancholy, moody tone to this postapocalyptic tale that he brought to his underappreciated vampire fable, “Let Me In.” \"Home. Future,\" muses Caesar the chimpanzee (Andy Serkis), seemingly living a solitary and peaceful life in the woodlands surrounding San Francisco with his ape brethren. The leader, played by Jason Clarke, insists, \"We don’t mean any harm!\" despite the fact that he and his companions are wielding rifles. Familiar San Francisco landmarks are now reduced to rubble and scattered survivors (including ape-hating Gary Oldman) trying to hold on to something resembling law and order.
It might seem like only yesterday that we took our seats for 2013’s “Iron Man 3,” “The Conjuring” and “World War Z,” but it’s time to do it again. The 2014 summer movie season kicks off this weekend with the arrival of the high-flying “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The next few months at the cineplex have in store a fairly eclectic lineup of rollicking comedies, sci-fi extravaganzas, hopeful franchise reboots, indie darlings and, of course, plenty of superhero adventures. Really, when romances starring Shailene Woodley and Daniel Radcliffe share the season with Optimus Prime, Spider-Man and Godzilla, not even the sky’s the limit.
Well, so much for 2013. This past year had its cinematic ups (“Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Gravity,” “This Is the End”), downs (“Gangster Squad,” “A Good Day to Die Hard”), in-betweens (“Man of Steel,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”), and sweet surprises (“The Conjuring,” “Blue Jasmine”). It was a fun year , but 2014 is looking to be even more of a thrill ride, filled with franchise-friendly sure things, swing-for-the-fences passion projects, sleeper hits waiting to be discovered and, of course, a few (okay, a lot of) superhero movies. And we can’t wait to get started.