Made for very little money (it looks like much of the film was shot in a public park) Battle has little to add to the series beyond a double-back on certain events of Conquest.
Although impressive visually - seriously, the ape makeup and costuming is incredible - Tim Burton's unwise remake channels 1950s sci-fi to tell a muddled allegory about slavery.
A re-working of the events of Conquest, but using modern motion-capture special effects. It's a fun flick, and incredibly well made, but feels slight when compared to much of the series. The cheeky references to the original don't help either.
Imagine the original, but robbed of its subtlety, and infused with a surreal weirdness that seems psychedelic for its own sake. Beneath the Planet of the Apes is fun to watch, but pretty off-putting.
Apes find themselves on modern-day Earth, seduced by the consumer culture therein. It's a weird place for the franchise to go, but also somewhat logical. It ends on a somber note for the series.
Also a somber affair, War for the Planet of the Apes is the most dramatically intense in the series, even if the symbolism is a a little on-the-nose (Caesar is crucified at one point; what could that mean?).
The darkest film of the series is often called one of the best, and is surprisingly tragic when you consider that the apes being led in an uprising are actually not as intelligent as Caesar thinks they are.
The best looking of the apes films by a wide margin - and featuring some truly impressive motion-capture performances - Dawn continues the immediate narrative of Rise with many of the same characters. Self-serious, but effective.
The original is still the best. A striking, weird, funny, and unusually poignant film that took a silly image - talking apes - and made them into a potent metaphor for humanity. It's also a pretty fun and funny flick. It's one of the best sci-fi films ever made.