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Mike Peros is an educator with a passion for movies ever since he saw John Wayne riding toward the bad guys, reins between his teeth, in True Grit. Some of his favorite films include The Band Wagon, The Wild Bunch, Out of the Past, The Silent Partner (Elliott Gould, Christopher Plummer in a masterful tale of suspense), It’s Always Fair Weather (if you’re a Gene Kelly fan, what are you waiting for?), and Konga with the great Michael Gough—this was never meant to be a list of great films—just the ones that make their way into the DVD player the most.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a satisfying sequel in practically every way to 1911’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. There is no need to fret if you missed the first movie, as the sequel immediately sets the scene with a lethal virus (dubbed the Simian Flu), as well as all kinds of war and civil unrest, leading to devastation all over the world, with the survivors living in fragmented communities—and one community in particular engaged in a very uneasy truce with the intelligent apes who have made the Muir Woods their home.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is the first in the series without the presence of that Transformers fixture, Shia LaBoeuf, but the series (based on the box office grosses, if nothing else) will do just fine without him.
Maleficent turns out to be a surprisingly heartfelt, visually ravishing Disney variation on Sleeping Beauty, with Angelina Jolie majestically commanding center stage as the deeply conflicted Maleficent (hence the name and the title).
As I watching the events unfold in latest screen incarnation of Godzilla, several thoughts entered my mind, including, why so much Aaron Taylor Johnson, who must be one of the more colorless leads in movie history--and why so little Godzilla? Not that I need to see wall-to-wall Godzilla, but the big fella has been relegated here to a supporting role in his own mega-budget blockbuster.
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