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Movie Reviews: A ‘game’ to kill for

3 September 2014 By Ryan Permison, Columnist No Comments

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

The sequel that has been over nine years in the making has finally arrived: “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller, this takes place both before and after the events of the first movie. Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a cocky gambler looking to win it all in a high stakes poker game with the city’s elite, specifically Senator Roarke (Powers Booth). Dwight (Josh Brolin) is trying to figure out why his former lover Ava Lord (Eva Green) wants his help after all these years, and she is not who she appears to be. Nancy (Jessica Alba) is trying to get revenge for the death of her protector John Hartigan (Bruce Willis). Marv (Mickey Rourke) is caught in the middle of all of this, tying the stories together. Basically, everyone is looking to deliver their own brand of justice. I really enjoyed this one, specifically for the action and the characters. The way it was filmed was mostly black and white, with a few shades of color for certain scenes, a classic neo noir thriller. Actors Alba and Green stood out because they played their roles so well. However, one character could have had a better resolution, and the ending could have been tweaked as well. Overall, this is one of my favorite films of the summer. I give “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” eight out of 10.


When the Game Stands Tall 

In the genre of sports movies, there have been many classics. But, the ones that are based on true stories are under more pressure. “When the Game Stands Tall” tells the story of the 2003 De La Salle High School Football team’s record of 151 games without a loss. This movie is about how they overcame their first loss. Coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) and his assistant coach Terry Eidson (Michael Chiklis) also have to overcome obstacles of their own. From players fighting with each other to others trying to decide where to go with their lives, this movie has something that everyone can relate to. I liked how the team finds a way to be united. Granted, the movie got off to a rocky start with cutting between the game and locker room scenes and the film could have ended earlier. I feel like they dragged out the film for the last 20 minutes. This may not place among the classics, but it certainly puts in a good effort. I give “When the Game Stands Tall” six out of 10.

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