If you didn't see 2011's terrific reboot of the classic Planet of the Apes franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it's not necessarily required viewing to enjoy or follow the story of the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The new film takes place ten years after the events of the first movie -- and the opening title sequence helpfully fills in the details of the simian flu which has decimated humankind -- and now finds the band of intelligent apes (created by the same virus that killed the humans) living peacefully in San Francisco's Muir Woods. It's been at least two winters since they've last seen a human, so they assume everyone is now gone.
I am a Melissa McCarthy fan… to a point. She really burst into stardom with her scene-stealing role in Bridesmaids and her TV series Mike and Molly. (She was also a bright spot on the almost forgotten Samantha Who?) She had an impressive first-time hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, where she showed a real range of characters from her patented obnoxious slob to a Mae West-style old-time movie star.
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