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Box Office Preview: “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” and “If I Stay”

Jessica Alba as Nancy Callahan
Jessica Alba as Nancy CallahanDimension Films

The top of the box office may yet again belong to powerhouses “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” as two new films attempt to attract audiences. Nine years after “Sin City” premiered to $29.8 million, its sequel “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is ready for the big screen. Experts predict the delay will hinder ticket sales, but wallets may open for Jessica Alba’s saucy character in the flick. Newcomer “If I Stay” starring Chloe Grace Moretz will also grace theaters with the potential to draw those who adored the original novel. Read on for descriptions of the new films arriving to discover if you should pick up a movie ticket or skip it.

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For:” Steamy dance scenes from Jessica Alba’s character Nancy will likely be one of the major draws for moviegoers to flood theaters. Miss Alba reprises her role reuniting with the all-star cast of Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Eva Green and Mickey Rourke. Written by co-director Frank Miller, the latest installment centers on four short stories titled “Just Another Saturday Night,” “The Long Bad Night,” “A Dame to Kill For” and “Nancy’s Last Dance.” The official synopsis explains, “Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.” The action/ crime/ thriller gas an R rating for string brutal stylized violence throughout, sexual content, nudity and brief drug use.

“If I Stay:” Based on Gayle Forman’s 2009 young adult novel, the film adaptation stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Mia Hall, a young woman facing a challenging decision. Life changes in an instant for Miss Hall after an accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different that she had imagined. The drama has a PG-13 rating for thematic elements and some sexual material.

“When the Game Stands Tall:” Just in time for the beloved sport to kick off across the country, the journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur is hitting the big screen. The Thomas Carter directed film stars Jim Caviezel as Ladouceur, Alexander Ludwig as Chris Ryan and Michael Chiklis as Terry Edison. The production is inspired by the true story of Ladouceur leading the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak, shattering all records for any American sport. The sport/ drama has a PG rating for thematic material, a scene of violence and brief smoking.

“Are You Here:” The limited release Matthew Weiner directed film stars funnymen Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis as two childhood best friends. The duo travels back to their hometown for a legal battle after Galifianakis’s character Ben inherits money from his deceased estranged father. Comedian Amy Poehler will also star in the flick as Ben’s sister. The comedy has an R rating.