“War for the Planet of the Apes” is among this week’s releases in Seattle-area theaters.

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Three movies land in Seattle-area theaters on Friday, July 14. Here’s what our reviewers thought of them.


★★★  “War for the Planet of the Apes” (PG-13): Hail, Caesar. In this forbiddingly grim entry in the franchise, Andy Serkis, playing the leader of the simian resistance, again proves that in the highly specialized realm of performance-capture acting, he has no peer. Full review.

— Soren Andersen, Special to The Seattle Times


★★★  “Score: A Film Music Documentary” (not rated): All of us who love movies are deeply affected by film music; a skilled composer can “change the temperature of a movie” (as one notes in “Score”). Think, for example, of how John Williams’ music sets the tone for “Star Wars.” “Score” offers an enjoyable walk through the art and history of the film score, with dozens of contemporary composers lending their voices. Full review.

— Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts critic


★½  “Wish Upon” (PG-13): The whole purpose of “Wish Upon” is to show us a series of creatively gruesome deaths. If you prefer your horror flicks with a dash of wit or suspense or, I don’t know, recognizable human behavior, look elsewhere. Full review.

— Moira Macdonald