Magazine August 14, 2017, Issue

Ape Overload

(Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

The new trilogy of Planet of the Apes movies began in 2011 and has grown darker with the times. The first installment, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, knew how to have some fun, even though it was a movie about how mankind engineers its own successors and its own destruction. Rise had James Franco’s scientist raising a super-intelligent ape in a San Francisco Victorian, apes shinnying up redwood trees and fighting wicked zookeepers and wreaking havoc in the streets of San Francisco, apes going up against helicopters on the Golden Gate Bridge in the fog . . .

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Radical

Long after Henry David Thoreau’s death in 1862, Walt Whitman praised him for his “lawlessness — his dissent — his going his own absolute road let hell blaze all it chooses.”


The Week

The Week

‐ George Romero, 1940 –2017. Rest in peace — please. ‐ The New York Times has revealed that, in June 2016, Donald Trump Jr. got an e-mail from Rob Goldstone, a ...
Politics & Policy


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