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Back in the early 1970s, the “Planet of the Apes” films were far more popular with moviegoers than they were with critics. Looking back, it’s not difficult to see why. The original “Planet of the Apes,” starring Charlton Heston, at least had novelty value, a certain kind of eeriness and a satiric edge, qualities that quickly disappeared as Twentieth Century Fox cranked out sequel after sequel. 


If you’re one of the dozen or so people in the world that has been eagerly hoping for a mash-up of a superhero movie and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” the benevolent genies of Hollywood have made your dream come true. 


Forget about "Captain America versus Hydra" or "Batman versus Catwoman": The real superhero battle of the last few years has been the cinematic clash of the comic-book kings, Marvel versus DC. Frankly, it has not been much of a contest. 


How many times can you ride the same roller coaster before those initial feelings of terror disappear? Oh, it can be so surprising the first time around, when you don’t know exactly how fast you will go, how deep the drops will be, how loudly you’ll scream when you go into that hairpin turn. 


Imagine what you’d get if Google, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram were consolidated into one company.

Odds are, you’d wind up with something that looked very much like “The Circle,” the fictitious Internet giant that is on its way to world dominance in director James Ponsoldt’s adaptation of the Dave Eggers’ best seller. 


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