Movies in Theaters This Friday, August 22, 2014: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, If I Stay, and More
As we enter the weekend, yet another crowded crop of releases is upon us. For those wondering what to see, I’ve got a little bit on each film (both wide and limited) below.
If I had to guess the biggest release, I’d go with the star-studded Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – the latest from Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. A Dame to Kill For returns Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, and Rosario Dawson while adding Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Josh Brolin (among plenty of others). I wasn’t a huge fan of the first Sin City, but I’m still going to give this a shot (maybe because I’m an idiot that doesn’t learn from his mistakes).
Balancing things out is yet another book-to-film adaptation. Like last week’s The Giver, we’ve got another Y.A. adaptation. This one is titled If I Stay (based on the book by Gayle Forman) and stars Chloe Grace Moretz.
The third (and final) wide release is When the Game Stands Tall. The sports drama is about the fallout after a huge 151-game high school football win streak is snapped (fun fact: I actually saw the game where De La Salle’s streak came to an end). This one stars Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) and Laura Dern (Jurassic Park).
In limited theaters, not a whole lot jumps out. However, if I had to point out one movie I’d go with the gangster flick The Prince. Like Sin City, this one also stars Bruce Willis. He’s joined by John Cusack, 50 Cent, and more.
Matthew Weiner (creator of AMC’s Mad Men) is also releasing a movie (titled Are You Here) which stars Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, and Owen Wilson. Speaking of Mad Men, The One I Love (another limited release) stars Elisabeth Moss.
The rest of the limited releases are Abuse of Weakness, Another Me, Cam2Cam, Kink, Love is Strange, The Possession of Michael King, and To Be Takei. You can find specifics about those movies (and the aforementioned ones) below.
Have a great weekend!
Gayle Forman’s best-selling novel comes to the screen in New Line Cinema’s and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ drama “If I Stay,” starring Chloë Grace Moretz (“Carrie,” the “Kick-Ass” films), Mireille Enos (TV’s “The Killing,” “World War Z”), Joshua Leonard (“Higher Ground”), Jamie Blackley (“Snow White and the Huntsmen”) and Stacy Keach (“Nebraska”).
Mia Hall (Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate.
CO-DIRECTORS ROBERT RODRIGUEZ AND FRANK MILLER REUNITE TO BRING MILLER’S VISUALLY STUNNING “SIN CITY” GRAPHIC NOVELS BACK TO THE SCREEN IN SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. WEAVING TOGETHER TWO OF MILLER’S CLASSIC STORIES WITH NEW TALES, THE TOWN’S MOST HARD BOILED CITIZENS CROSS PATHS WITH SOME OF ITS MORE NOTORIOUS INHABITANTS.
Inspired by a true story, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL brings to life the incredible winning streak of the De La Salle High School football team: 151 straight victories over 12 years. All along the way, as Coach Bob Ladouceur builds his seemingly invincible national powerhouse, he has emphasized purpose and significance rather than streaks and titles. But when real-life adversity leaves the team reeling, the Spartans must decide if the sacrifice, commitment, and teamwork they have always trusted in can rebuild what is now disintegrating around them. Starring Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis, Alexander Ludwig, Clancy Brown, and Laura Dern, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL opens in theaters August 22.
A stroke-afflicted filmmaker is manipulated by a notorious con man.
A teenager finds her perfect life upended when she’s stalked by a mysterious doppelganger who has her eyes set on assuming her identity.
Two childhood best friends embark on a road trip back to their hometown after one of them learns he has inherited a large sum of money from his recently deceased estranged father.
A young American backpacker, ALLIE (Tammin Sursok), falls in with a mysterious group of ex-pats living in Bangkok who perform on a provocative interactive website called “Cam2Cam.” The seductive allure of Bangkok along with the strange sexual magnetism of the group’s leader, MARIT, turn Allie’s world inside out. In a city where foreigners come to re-invent themselves, Allie learns, too late, that nothing is what it seems.
Director Christina Voros and producer James Franco pull back the curtain on the fetish empire of Kink.com, the Internet’s largest producer of BDSM content. In a particularly obscure corner of an industry that operates largely out of public view, Kink.com’s directors and models strive for authenticity. In an enterprise often known for exploitative practices, Kink.com upholds an ironclad set of values to foster an environment that is safe, sane, and consensual. They aim to demystify the BDSM lifestyle, and to serve as an example and an educational resource for the BDSM community.
In kink, we discover not only a fascinating and often misunderstood subculture, but also, in a career far from the mainstream, a group of intelligent, charismatic, and driven people who really, truly love what they do.
After 39 years together, Ben and George take advantage of the new marriage laws and tie the knot in a City Hall wedding in lower Manhattan. On the return from their honeymoon, however, and on account of their vows, Ben gets fired from his longtime job as a choir director for a co-ed Catholic school. Suddenly, with no real savings to count on, the couple finds that they can’t afford the rent on their small Chelsea apartment. Only days after they have gathered to celebrate the nuptials, this tight-knit community of family and friends now has to come together again to help figure out how to help their two friends.
Struggling with a marriage on the brink of falling apart, a couple escapes for a weekend in pursuit of their better selves, only to discover an unusual dilemma that awaits them.
Michael King (Shane Johnson), who doesn’t believe in God or the Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, Michael decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural, making himself the center of the experiment – allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him – in the hopes that when they fail, he’ll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go. o Summary provided – Michael King (Shane Johnson) doesn’t believe in God or The Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, the documentary filmmaker decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural. Michael decides to make himself the center of the experiment – allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him – in the hopes that when they fail, he’ll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go.
A retired assassin is drawn back into the life he gave up when his daughter is kidnapped. To rescue her, he must confront his former rival.
Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star’s playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.
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