Reviews of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' 'Begin Again' and 'Doc of the Dead' Lead Our Film Review Roundup

Reviews of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' 'Begin Again' and 'Doc of the Dead' Lead Our Film Review Roundup
If you're itching to hit the cinema, you've come to the right place — we've got a bunch of informative new film reviews just in time for the weekend. Whether you're looking for a high-budget action flick, a low-risk romantic comedy or an enlightening documentary, our Film Review Roundup is sure to hit the spot. Take a look at the films we've put under the microscope this week, then head to our Recently Reviewed section for more film reviews.

Start off with a primitive summer blockbuster, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. This film combines refined maturation of characters with all the glitz we expect from a summer blockbuster, making it more meaningful than your average shallow action film. If you were pleasantly surprised by its predecessor, read our full review to see why our reviewer says this one is "likely to be one of the best films of the year."

Helping you plan your next date night is our review of John Carney's heart-warming rom-com Begin Again. Music fans and casual cinema-goers will want to see what our reviewer has to say about this film's romantic storyline and cozy, soft-rock score.

Doc of the Dead comes on the heels of a massive comeback of zombie culture. It explores a variety of topics, from the roots of the zombie presence in film and television to the slow-zombie-versus-fast-zombie debate. Read our review to see if the living dead phenomenon is as frightening as ever, or if it's lost its cold, morbid touch.

Finally, read our review of the exhaustive memoir Life Itself, which explores the life of major film critic Roger Ebert, from his introduction to film criticism to his death in 2013. Although it's not always pretty, our reviewer calls this film's poignant, inspiring commentary on cinema a "tremendous success." Read more at the link above.

Looking for more? Head over to our Recently Reviewed section for new reviews on music, video and film every day.