Raleigh, N.C. — Head to the movies this weekend for action and drama.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Action/Adventure/Suspense/Thriller, No Rating, Starring Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Devon Aoki, Michael Madsen)
The town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants.
If I Stay (Drama, PG-13, Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato, Lauren Lee Smith, Jamie Blackley)
Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, 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. Read the review
When the Game Stands Tall (Drama, PG, Starring Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis, Alexander Ludwig, Clancy Brown, Laura Dern)
Inspired by a true story, this movie brings to life the incredible winning streak of the De La Salle High School football team: 151 straight victories over 12 years. All along the way, as Coach Bob Ladouceur builds his seemingly invincible national powerhouse, he has emphasized purpose and significance rather than streaks and titles. But when real-life adversity leaves the team reeling, the Spartans must decide if the sacrifice, commitment, and teamwork they have always trusted in can rebuild what is now disintegrating around them.
Some other summer releases:
What If (Comedy/Drama/Romance, PG-13, Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Rafe Spall, Megan Park)
The story of medical school dropout Wallace, who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan seems to be finding the perfect partner, Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben. Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?
Magic in the Moonlight (Comedy/Drama, PG-13, Starring Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Jacki Weaver)
Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo is the most celebrated magician of his age, but few know that he is the stage persona of Stanley Crawford, a grouchy and arrogant Englishman with a sky-high opinion of himself and an aversion to phony spiritualists' claims that they can perform real magic. Persuaded by his life-long friend, Howard Burkan, Stanley goes on a mission to the Côte d'Azur mansion of the Catledge family. He presents himself as a businessman named Stanley Taplinger in order to debunk the alluring young clairvoyant Sophie Baker who is staying there with her mother.