19. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Stars: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis
Synopsis: Ten years after a pandemic disease, apes who have survived it are drawn into battle with a group of human survivors.
There isn't much wrong with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; it has a captivating emotional heartbeat at the center of its story that develops drama effortlessly, giving us solid entertainment. We're treated to countless moments of furious breathtaking action, and at it's core, a truly phenomenal performance by Andy Serkis. It's an experience that goes beyond the trough of huge budget Summer blockbusters, delivering a sequel that goes above and beyond its predecessor. — James Arthur Armstrong