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War for the Planet of the Apes’ poignant vision of hatred and forgiveness gets it onto our list of picks for the week.

Top five films to see in Hong Kong this week (July 13-19), from Wiener-Dog to War for the Planet of the Apes

A dachshund’s dilemmas or primates’ dystopia? Also among our picks: Ann Hui’s unconventional spy thriller, awesome animated cars and perhaps the best Spider-Man film in 15 years

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1. Wiener-Dog

A little dachshund shuffled from owner to owner links up numerous tales of disappointed and disillusioned humans in the latest black comedy by American writer-director Todd Solondz, a distinguished veteran of misanthropic cinema. Look away if you’re a dog lover, however. (Opens on July 13)

2. Our Time Will Come

An understated historical drama that, for once, values everyday characters over bombastic action. Eminent Hong Kong director Ann Hui On-wah’s unconventional spy thriller is – despite scattered disputes over its political incentives – unquestionably one of the best Hong Kong films of 2017. (Now showing)

3. War for the Planet of the Apes

A remarkable outlier among Hollywood’s cookie-cutter blockbuster franchises. Matt Reeves’ final chapter for the rebooted sci-fi trilogy is a slow-burning revenge epic that borrows aspects of old-school war films and prison-break thrillers to facilitate a poignant vision of hatred and forgiveness. (Opens on July 13)

4. Spider-Man: Homecoming

It may be the sixth movie in 15 years to headline the teenage superhero, but this reboot has still surpassed expectations both critical and commercial to offer a jolt of popcorn fun into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, the series has arguably found its best super-villain yet in Michael Keaton. (Now showing)

5. Cars 3

After two chapters that did better in selling toys than charming critics, Pixar’s talking-car series finally finds its groove with this visually spectacular and even surprisingly touching sequel, which follows Lightning McQueen as he deals with the perils of growing old and being past his prime. (Opens on July 13)

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