You could not ask for three more diverse movies to hit theaters with this second-to-last weekend of the summer movie season.
Our Weekend Movie Preview takes a look at the sequel that took nine years to come back, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the YA novel turned screen sensation If I Stay and the incredible true football tale at the heart of When the Game Stands Tall.
Let's break it down...
Sin City A Dame to Kill For: The first Sin City landed in 2005 and was a visual marvel. And although the technology of green screen shooting has greatly advanced, you can make a movie look amazing, but one cannot forget to have a good story.
Unfortunately, as we say in our Sin City: A Dame to Kill For review, the Robert Rodriguez-Frank Miller directed graphic novel turned big screen noir just completely misses because of a lack of a real compelling tale that makes any sense.
If I Stay: Chloe Grace Moretz makes quite the talent announcement in the big screen adaptation of Gayle Forman's hit YA novel. The story follows a girl who survives a car wreck, only to be stuck in a coma. Moretz is Mia, and she has found the love of her life. She is supposed to be heading to the most prestigious music school in the country, yet at this moment in time, she has to decide between living and letting go.
As we report in our If I Stay review, this is a pretty powerful adaptation that stays (mostly) loyal to the book. The reason to see this romantic and inspiring flick is its star, Ms. Moretz.
When the Game Stands Tall: The true story of the De La Salle High School football team and their sports-wide record of 151 wins in a row would be compelling enough. But, this film scores because it looks at the challenges of what happens to a team of teens, when they finally lose.
Jim Caviezel and Michael Chiklis are stunning as the coaches and the young cast is more than game to meet them note-for-note. Sure, sports movie cliches come hard and fast -- as we chronicle in our When the Game Stands Tall review -- but, it is still a pretty solid tale.
Feel like staying in this weekend? Well, there's a certain summer blockbuster that's already out on digital download. Check it out when you watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 online!