These movies are opening in US theaters this weekend. Find out what the critics are saying before you spend the money on a ticket.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Synopsis: Robert Rodriguez teams with Frank Miller to direct this follow-up to Sin City from a script by Miller and William Monahan based on preexisting stories along with new ones written for the big screen. Josh Brolin stars in the adaptation of the comic miniseries (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), which tells the backstory of Clive Owen’s Dwight character as he is wrapped up in the thralls of femme fatale, Ava (Eva Green). Also new to the series is Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Johnny, a mysterious gambler set on taking down his sworn enemy in a high-stakes game of life and death. Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, and Jaime Kingreturn for the Dimension Films release, with Jamie Chung and Dennis Haysbertstepping into roles left by Devon Aoki and the late Michael Clarke Duncan. (via Fandango)
Review: “Not as groundbreaking as the original, nor as expansive as all the best sequels are. But with some excellent cast additions, and Miller on murky form, this still sizzles to the touch.” – James Mottram, Total Film
If I Stay
Synopsis: Chloë Grace Moretz stars as comatose teen who has an out-of-body experience following a car accident that kills her entire family in this MGM/Summit Entertainment co-production directed by R.J. Cutler, and adapted from the book by Gayle Forman. (via Fandango)
Review: While many of the big moments of If I Stay can be easily dismissed, it’s the little ones that elevate the film to at least mixed-bag status.” –Alonso Duralde, The Wrap
When The Game Stands Tall
Synopsis: James Caviezel, Laura Dern, and Michael Chiklis star in this emotionally charged sports drama inspired by the true story of celebrated football coach Bob Ladouceur (Caviezel), and the personal trials he endured while leading the De La Salle High School Spartans on an unprecedented 151-game winning streak.
Review: High school football can be described as a religion in many parts of America. Sappily melodramatic When the Game Stands Tall skips the middle man and blends both in a weak-willed, clichéd biopic of California coach Bob Ladouceu. –Linda Barnard, Toronto Star