Hold onto your butts this weekend at the movies!

With summer in full swing, the five -- that's right, five -- new releases are packed with action, terror and plenty of big laughs (and a little heart, too, if you’re into that kind of thing).

Of course, looming over the quintet is a sequel prequel in the third series of "Planet of the Apes" movies.

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. This is the prequel, if you will, to 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." It has nothing to do with Tim Burton's 2001 reboot "Planet of the Apes." That was trying to revive the late 1960s-early 1970s series: 1968's "Planet of the Apes," 1970's "Beneath the Planet of the Apes," 1971's "Escape from the Planet of the Apes," 1972's "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" and 1973's "Battle for the Planet of the Apes." Pierre Boulle wrote the screenplay for all four of those movies and the story for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." (See more about 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' here.)

Directed by Matt Reeves

Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell

'And So It Goes'

A self-centered real-estate agent enlists the help of his neighbor when he’s suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home.

Directed by Rob Reiner

Starring Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton and Yaya DaCosta

‘Road to Paloma’

Robert Wolf, a Native American on the run after avenging his mother’s murder, flees across the desolate western U.S. on his motorcycle, where he’ll discover that justice has a cost.

Directed by Jason Momoa

Starring Tye Alexander, Henree Alyse and Lisa Bonet

'A Long Way Down'

Four people attempting to commit suicide meet on New Year’s Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives.

Directed by Pascal Chaumeil

Starring Pierce Brosnan, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots

‘Land Ho!’

A pair of former brothers-in-law embark on a road trip through Iceland.

Directed by Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens

Starring Paul Eenhoorn, Earl Lynn Nelson and Karrie Crouse


This tale shares the life of a young man, Mason, as he grows up from his time as a 5-year-old to reaching adulthood at the age of 18. This movie was filmed over each of those years, too; the same actors throughout.

Directed by Richard Linklater

Starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke

Source: ScreenCrush

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