Trailer Park - 8/22: 'If I Stay' and 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' hope to have staying power at box office

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It’s a mix between the good and bad with this week’s new releases. Stories about love and evil surround many of the characters. Corruption is magnified as the pages of a popular graphic novel come to life.

Frank Miller’s graphic novel is back on the big screen with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The sequel to the hit 2005 film is based mostly on Miller’s second book, telling more dark stories of sex and murder mainly through female characters. The one hour and forty-two minute modern noir crime thriller is co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez and stars Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Josh Brolin and Ray Liotta. It’s rated R for sex and nudity.

A tragic car accident leaves a young woman with a life and death decision in If I Stay. An aspiring cellist, Mia had the world ahead of her, until a fatal collision kills her parents and places her in a coma. Now, with her parents gone, all she has left is her boyfriend. Going through an out of body experience, she can see what is happening to those close to her as she straddles between the worlds of the living and the dead. The PG-13 drama runs for one hour and forty-seven minutes.

An undefeated high school football team finds out what it’s like to lose in When the Game Stands Tall. After 12 years and 151 wins, De La Salle’s team is used to winning, everyone counts on it. When their streak is broken, the players, coach and even the town learn what’s really important and what it takes to succeed. James Caviezel and Laura Dern star in the PG drama. It plays for one hour fifty-five minutes.

A former assassin is forced to go back to his old lifestyle when his daughter is kidnapped in The Prince. Seeking revenge, he discovers that the only way to get her back is to once again face his rival. The action thriller runs for one hour and thirty-three minutes. The limited released film is rated R for violence, drug and language.

A couple tries to bring the spark into their relationship in The One I Love. Adhering to the advice of their therapist, the two go away together for a weekend vacation. What happens at that house during those few days is much more than they anticipated, changing their lives and their perceptions of themselves and each other. The one hour and thirty-one minute comedic drama is rated R for language, sex and drugs. It’s available in limited theaters.

A photographer finds evil inside a photo of herself in Another Me. In the limited released thriller, the young woman discovers that she has a lookalike that is stalking her, trying to capture her identity and become her. The PG-13 film runs for one hour and twenty-six minutes.

A documentary filmmaker tries to debunk spirituality and the supernatural for his next film in The Possession of Michael King. Distraught from the surprise death of his wife, Michael King tempts fate by allowing practitioners to summon spirits and the devil. What he thought was just going to be a test to prove its non-existence, becomes just the opposite. The limited released horror film runs for one hour and twenty-three minutes. It’s rated R for violence, language, drugs and sex.

Popular Star Trek actor George Takei is the subject of the documentary To Be Takei. From World War II Japanese/American internment camps to pop culture and social media icon, the now openly gay actor talks his childhood struggles, his career and relationship. The unrated, one hour and thirty-three minute film is playing in limited theaters.

Evil continues to spread from this week’s The Possession of Michael King and Another Me to next week’s release, As Above, So Below. Also entering the box office race next week is Pierce Brosnan’s crime thriller The November Man.

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