Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves, 2014)

 Cast out of the garden of Eden (spoiler notice)

“You are not an ape.” The words that Caesar, leader of the budding simian civilisation, uses to ostracize one of his own, are telling. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is quite a downer of a story, and it’s not because humanity is once again on the verge of annihilition by our own doing. Neither is it the giant skirmish between man and monkey that sees what’s left of San Francisco demolished.

Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman, 2014)

I kill you, babe (spoiler notice)

“If I could've written any screenplay, I wish it had been Groundhog Day,” is the oldest chestnut in Hollywood. Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis wrote the quintessential time travel conceit: what if you involuntarily relived the same dreadful day? It's immediately thought-provoking: would your actions affect the outcome? What reason could this possibly have – some divine joke, a Christmas Carol warning? And with basically infinite time at hand, how could I improve myself? What brought it from tittilating to masterpiece was the smart screenplay that saw Bill Murray approach this situation from every angle. Sometime Twilight Zone, sometime rom-com, working on every level.