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Americans, Apes & Apple commercials

There's something for everyone this week in theatres, but if you're asking for my recommendation, Begin Again with Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley wins hands down. 
Begin Again
This is the type of movie I could watch again and again if only just for the spectacular soundtrack. Not your typical fairytale story, I loved how candid and genuine it felt. From catchy original songs to strong characters, my main complaint was that the blatant Apple product placement throughout the entire movie was a bit annoying. 
My Rating: 29/34 
Reminded me of: Music and Lyrics, Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, Chef, an Apple commercial
The Purge: Anarchy

This movie was out of my comfort zone, and though I would classify it as a thriller, it had some chilling parts to it. I'm not sure if it was intentional by the director, but even though the basis of The Purge is a hypothetical futuristic setting, the costumes, weaponry, vehicles, and technology in the movie weren't at all futuristic and gave the eerie feel of a familiar and not-so-distant future. The characters were not completely believable but this suspenseful movie did well to seem convincing and terrifying, especially when they started wrapping their inexcusable crimes in the American flag to justify them.

My Rating: 22/34

Reminded me of: The Hunger Games, The Dark Knight, The Island


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 

Let's make this simple: If you liked the first movie and can handle apes speaking to humans while riding horses, you won't be disappointed by this sequel. The plot was predictable, but it delivered lots of action and explosions as the trailer promised. Bottom line is that if you're not a fan of talking animals in movies, skip this one.
My Rating: 24/34 
Reminded me of:  Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Tarzan, Babe

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