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Screen grab from "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

by Sam Juliano

Temperatures in the Northeast have moved into comfort zone territory as we move into what is traditionally the most difficult part of the summer.  Things couldn’t be hotter either at Wonders in the Dark, where the musical poll countdown is all set to launch on Monday, August 21st with an essay by Dennis Polifroni.  After some spirited debate among voters and writers, the decision was reached to go with a countdown of 60, to be written by a wide range of writers from the site and among our close friends and affiliates.  Angelo A. D’Aminio Jr. has completed tabulation, and serious preparation is now in place.

It’s been another torrid week at the theatres, as the 50 film “Pre Code” Festival continued in force at Manhattan’s Film Forum, occupying the lion’s share of the viewing time.  Similarly, the Buster Keaton Festival at the same house reached its next-to-last week with a classic feature and short showcasing.  I managed to see one new release with the family on Saturday: Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

This week I saw 16 films in the theatre:

Our Hospitality    *****   (Monday evening)    Buster Keaton at Film Forum

The Haunted House  *** 1/2  (Monday evening)  Buster Keaton at Film Forum

Female   ****     (Tuesday evening)         Pre-Code at Film Forum

Cabin in the Cotton   ***   (Tuesday evening)   Pre-Code at Film Forum

Ex-Lady     ***              (Tuesday evening)            Pre-Code at Film Forum

Blessed Event  ****   (Wednesday evening)     Pre-Code at Film Forum

The Strange Love of Molly Louvain  *** 1/2   (Wednesday evening) Pre-Code at F.F.

Three on a Match   ***      (Thursday evening)   Pre-Code at Film Forum

The Match King  ***      (Thursday evening)    Pre-Code at Film Forum

Red Dust    **** 1/2    (Friday evening)    Pre-Code at Film Forum

Safe in Hell     ****      (Friday evening)   Pre-Code at Film Forum

King Kong  *****  (Saturday evening)     Pre-Code at Film Forum

Tarzan and His Mate  **** /2  (Saturday evening)  Pre-Code at Film Forum

Trouble in Paradise  *****   (Sunday afternoon)  Pre-Code at Film Forum

Jewel Robbery    ****  (Sunday afternoon)    Pre-Code at Film Forum

Rise of the Planet of the Apes  ****  (Saturday afternoon)  Edgewater Multiplex (more…)

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