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Matt Reeves

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' a spectacular sequel to 'Rise'

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99

The 2011 franchise-rebooting "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was the best Apes movie since the 1968 original, but this year's sequel is even better. Set several years after its predecessor, "Dawn" pits a thriving ape civilization against an enclave of bedraggled humans recovering from a devastating global plague. Director Matt Reeves integrates astonishing motion-capture technology into a tense story about two species that can barely understand or trust each other and plays up the fear and anxiety of each as they tentatively explore each other's habitats. This is a movie not only with...