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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Streaming Picks

Love sharing your childhood favorites with your kids? Netflix recently released everybody's favorite crime-fighting cult classic The Karate Kid starring Ralph Macchio. If they love it, you can surprise them with The Karate Kid 2, which is also streaming on Netflix.

Dynamic duo Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn can be spotted on Netflix in our classic streaming pick of the week: Funny Girl.

Fans of Jessica Chastain and Tom Hardy will be happy to know that Netflix recently released the bootleg crime drama Lawless. Read Brett McCracken's review for Christianity Todayhere.

Although Orange is the New Black and House of Cards are the most popular Netflix original TV shows, this week the instant streaming site released the entire second season of another original show Hemlock Grove—about a town where everyone has a secret. Not sure if the gore-filled mystery show is for you? Check out a review here.

Critics Roundup

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes "makes clear, through Caesar and Malcolm's actions, that turning from wrath and finding common ground is the only wise choice when dealing with conflict," says PluggedIn's Bob Hoose. Although Hoose views this sequel is only the stepping-stone to the end of an epic trilogy, he believes the actions and thoughts of the characters are something a Christian audience can positively reflect upon. Hoose elaborates, "It's clear that man and intelligent ape alike both suffer from an underlying, corrupted, fallen nature that incessantly drives things toward the dark side." A. O. Scott of the New York Times agrees that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes "is more than a bunch of occasionally thrilling action sequences, emotional gut punches and throwaway jokes arranged ...

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