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New in Theaters: Week of Aug. 18, 2014

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This week on the big screen, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller’s graphic novels back to the screen in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” Chloë Grace Moretz has The Clash running through her head on a tape loop (“Should I Stay or Should I Go-oh?”). And Jim Caviezel stars in a real-life sports drama. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s opening wide in theaters this week.

WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL

Rated PG for thematic material, a scene of violence and brief smoking | In Theaters 8/22 | Ok for Kids 10+ | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels | SonyPictures.com | Facebook

Inspired by a true story and book by Neil Hayes, this sports drama brings to life the incredible winning streak of the De La Salle High School football team: 151 straight victories over 12 years. As Coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) builds his seemingly invincible national powerhouse, he’s always 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’ve always trusted can rebuild their disintegrating team. Directed by Thomas Carter, this sports drama also stars Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis, and Alexander Ludwig.

FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR

Rated R for strong brutal stylized violence throughout, sexual content, nudity and brief drug use | In Theaters 8/22 | Ok for Kids 16+ | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels | SinCity-2.com | Facebook

Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller’s visually stunning 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. In “A Dame to Kill For,” Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) struggles with his inner demons and tries to maintain control until his former lover, Ava Lord (Eva Green) returns, wanting help to escape her abusive husband, billionaire Damien Lord (Marton Csokas) and his massive bodyguard Manute (Dennis Haysbert).

“Just Another Saturday Night” takes place on the night John Hartigan meets up with Nancy in “That Yellow Bastard.” Marv (Mickey Rourke) regains consciousness on a highway overlooking the Projects, surrounded by several dead young men, and unable to remember how he got there. “The Long Bad Night” stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Johnny, a cocky gambler with a dark mission to destroy the biggest villain in Sin City. “The Fat Loss” is set after John Hartigan’s (Bruce Willis) suicide and centers around a now toughened Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) struggling to cope with his death while plotting to kill Senator Roark (Powers Boothe). Prepare to be thrilled.

IF I STAY

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material | In Theaters 8/22 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels | IfIStaymovie.com | Facebook | Twitter |Instagram

Mia Hall (Chloë Grace 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 (Jamie 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. Directed by R.J. Cutler, this drama is based on the book by Gayle Forman and also stars Mireille Enos, Stacy Keach, Lauren Lee Smith and Aisha Hinds.

JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM:
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

Jane Boursaw is the founder and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Her credits include hundreds of print and online publications, including The New York Times, People Magazine, Variety, Moviefone, TV Squad and more. Follow her on Twitter at @reellifejane.

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