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Dismal weekend at the local movie theater

Eva Green stars in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
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There are times of the year when being a movie fan are tough. That always occurs in those weird months that are kind of transitions between one season to the next. So, when January and February come around, we get movies that were deemed worthy of release, but not good enough for holidays. Come the end of may and beginning of June, we get a few more bad ones, although the summer movie months are spread into spring lately. August and September are often bad months, too. That is certainly the case this weekend.

Here are the films opening in theaters August 22, 2014:

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Eva Green. When the original Sin City opened in 2005, it was a revelation. It was a gritty and amazing comic book adaptation that used green screens to create a comic book on screen, duplicating scenes from the comic in exacting detail. It was amazing. Now, years later, we're back with some of the same characters. They are still killing each other in dazzling and bloody ways, but this time around critics agree that the impact is lost and, quite frankly, the movie is a mess of plot and characters and tedious in almost every way. Rated R.

If I Stay - Chloe Moretz, Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato. Another film for young girls that deals with death and romance. A girl named Mia is in a horrific car accident. It claims the life of her parents, but Mia is hovering between life and death in a coma. Her "soul" is having a out of body experience as she tries to decide if she'd be happier letting go of her life and following her parents into the afterlife, or stay on Earth and follow the budding romance with Adam. Critics are saying this one wants to be profound but ends up being manipulative and not as moving as the filmmakers were hoping. Rated PG-13.

When the Game Stands Tall - Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis, Jim Caviezel. Just what the world needs, another inspirational football/sports film. Based on the true story of football coach Bob Ladoucer as he takes the De La Salle High School football team from nowhere to a team that shattered records. Critics are saying that this one falls into every single inspiration sports movie cliche that has ever been invented and is ultimately boring and a waste of time and money. Rated PG.