Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Battle of the Sexes and War for the Planet of the Apes (NEW)

As an outspoken fan of the directing duo Jonathan Davis and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine & Ruby Sparks), when news broke that they'd be teaming with the Academy Award winning screenwriter, Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire & 127 Hours), Battle of the Sexes immediately sprung to the top section of my year's most anticipated releases. In her first performance since capturing the Best Actress Oscar, Emma Stone stars as famed tennis player Billie Jean King, who accepted the circus-show challenge of former champ, Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell), to square off in a man vs. woman tennis match. Battle of the Sexes unveiled its debut trailer yesterday and the September release could set an early bar for the awards season.

There are some positives and negatives hovering around the third venture into the Planet of the Apes reboot. Matt Reeves is back at the helm in a clearly escalating franchise, all things worth getting excited over. However, you can only pit man against beast so many times before you reach the saga's inevitable conclusion. The addition of the always fantastic Woody Harrelson provides another reason for optimism, as he stands as the latest opposition to the apes in what's sure to be an epic battle. Yet, the possibility of redundancy feels almost assured to set in with War for the Planet of the Apes. We'll find out soon enough, July 14th to be exact, as you can catch the final trailer for the sequel below.

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