Trailer Park - 7/11 Edition: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ fights for control at the box office

By Michelle Vaccaro,

It’s a drama filled weekend at the box office. Despite most of this week’s films being the same genre, each drama unfolds in a different way. The characters are driven by vengeance, jealousy and suicidal thoughts. In this week’s wide release, tension mounts in a battle between humans and primates.

The peaceful existence of genetically advanced apes is put in danger when humans enter their nation in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. It has been ten years since the last time the two met and, following the outbreak of a deadly virus, the human race has diminished. Those that are left are willing to fight the primates for the rule the planet. The PG-13 adventure film runs for two hours and ten minutes.

Four strangers, on the verge of committing suicide on New Year’s Eve, meet on a rooftop in A Long Way Down. The group bonds, despite their different backgrounds, after having met that fateful night with the same intentions. They form a pact and develop a friendship that restores hope in their lives. Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots and Aaron Paul star in the limited released film. The comedic drama runs for one hour and thirty-six minutes. It’s rated R for language.

A young, middle class photographer captures the lives of his wealthy cousin and her friends in Affluenza. With a lack of adult supervision, the teens indulge in the lavish lifestyle, but soon the rich girl’s world begins to crash down. The unrated drama plays in limited theaters for one hour and thirty minutes.

The limited release, Boyhood, follows nearly thirteen years in the life of a boy named Mason. The coming of age story highlights the moments in his life from ages 5 to 18. The drama was filmed over the course of twelve years with the same actors. The two hour and forty-two minute drama stars Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater and Ethan Hawke. It’s rated R for language, sex, drugs and alcohol.

A former criminal turned family man seeks revenge for the kidnapping of his daughter in Rage. He calls on his old buddies to help get her back and he’ll do whatever it takes to do so. Nicholas Cage and Danny Glover star in the unrated thriller. It’s running in limited theaters for one hour and thirty-eight minutes.

A Native American man seeks revenge for his mother’s murder in Road to Paloma. Now on the lam, he flees across country on his motorcycle to spread her ashes on the Teton Mountains. During his journey, he meets a struggling musician and the two form an unlikely bond. The one hour and thirty-one minute drama is available in limited theaters. It’s rated R for language, sex, nudity, drugs and violence.

Get a backstage look at rapper Jay-Z’s music festival with Made in America. The concert featured music from a variety of genres that both unified and inspired people. Directed by Ron Howard, the film features the music and commentary of Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Run-D.M.C., Kanye West, Skrillex and Rita Ora among others. The unrated musical documentary is playing in limited theaters for one hour and thirty-three minutes.

The story of four underprivileged high school students who entered into an underwater robotic competition is told in Underwater Dreams. With little funds, the team was forced to use supplies from Home Depot as they competed against high ranking engineering colleges with sponsorships. The teens surprised themselves and their competition while also inspiring and empowering others to reach for the stars. The unrated, one hour and twenty-five minute documentary is available in limited theaters.

This week’s adventure included talking apes. Next week it’s firefighting aircraft that are doing the talking. July 18 is also the release date for the comedy Sex Tape and the thriller The Purge: Anarchy.

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