Opening This Weekend: August 22

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 

It appears that August has arrived with every last minute summer movie release including the kitchen sink! But viewer beware, just because Meryl Streep (The Giver) is in it doesn’t mean it’s a good film. August has a bad reputation for being the dumping ground for movies that just don’t fit anywhere (“summer blockbuster release, award season release? I just don’t know. Hey! Let release it in August!”). This makes me wonder, why is Guardians of the Galaxy being released in August?  The word around town is that this could be the best Marvel picture of them all. Is August becoming the new December?  

So, whether you choose to checkout that indie you’ve heard so much about or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title below to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.


—Myrna E. Duarte
August 22
If I Stay

If I Stay is directed by R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) from a script by Shauna Cross (Whip It), based on on the novel by Gayle Forman. Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or choose to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley). But a carefree family drive gone wrong changes everything, 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. 
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (3D)

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is directed by Robert Rodriguez who co-wrote the script with William Monahan (The Departed) and Frank Miller, creator of the graphic novel series and co-director of the first film. Dwight (Josh Brolin) is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell. Chronologically, this story takes place prior to “The Big Fat Kill” (seen in the first Sin City) and explains how Dwight came to have a dramatically different face. Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mickey Rourke, Juno Temple, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson and many others star in the film.
When the Game Stands Tall

When the Game Stands Tall is directed by Thomas Carter (Coach Carter, Save the Last Dance) and written by Scott Marshall (The Score, Men of Honor) based on the book of the same name. The film is inspired by a true story, detailing the journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis and Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) also star in the film.

Are You Here (Limited)

Are You Here is written and directed by Matthew Weiner (“Mad Men” and “The Sopranos”). The film follows two childhood best friends, weatherman and bachelor about town Steve (Owen Wilson) and bi-polar screw-up Ben (Zach Galifianakis). The pair travel home when Ben’s estranged father dies, only to discover that he’s actually inherited a ton of money. There, the friendship is tested thanks to complicated relationships with Ben’s sister Terry (Amy Poehler) and Steve’s lust for Angela (Laura Ramsey), Ben’s father’s too-young widow.
Love is Strange (Limited)

Ira Sachs’ Love is Strange, stars Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as a couple together for 39 years. It really is a beautiful, tender, moving film. While it’s very timely in its presentation of an elderly gay couple struggling with society, it’s very timeless in the way it talks about love, and how much love always shines through and can teach great lessons. The supporting cast includes Marisa Tomei, Cheyenne Jackson, Charlie Tahan and Christian Coulson. I really lovethe film and want to support it as much as I can.
The Prince (Limited)

The Prince is directed by Brian A. Miller (The Outsider, Officer Down and Caught in the Crossfire) written by Jeremy Passmore (Red Dawn) and Andre Fabrizio (The Cleaner). A retired assassin (Jason Patric of The Losers) is drawn back into the life he gave up when his daughter is kidnapped by his former rival (Bruce Willis), forcing a violent confrontation in order to rescue her. John Cusack and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson also star in the film.


   
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