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SO-SO FLICKS AS SUMMER FADES

 

For Hicksflicks.com, Aug. 22, 2014

It's the summer dog days and that means movies are released that are either independent productions, specialty-house pictures or studio films that don't carry much weight.

"When the Game Stands Tall" (PG). This sports drama, a true story, stars Jim Caviezel as Bob Ladouceur, football coach of the De La Salle High Spartans in Concord, California, and tells the story of his taking over the team in 1979, when it had never had a winning season, and turning it into a perennial winner. Co-stars include Laura Dern and Michael Chiklis.

"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" (R) is a sequel to the 2005 all-star film noir exercise in sleazy style over substance by graphic novelist Frank Miller and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, this time with four stories that eventually interconnect, starring returning cast members Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Powers Boothe, Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson, along with newcomers Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach, Ray Liotta and Lady Gaga, among others.

"Dinosaur 13" (PG). This documentary, exclusively at the Tower Theater in the 9th and 9th district, is about the discovery in South Dakota of the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil ever found, leading to a 10-year battle over ownership with government agencies and the owner of the landsite.

"If I Stay" (PG-13) stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a talented young musician on a path to Julliard when she is tempted to divert thanks to a rebellious boyfriend. Then an auto accident puts her in a coma and an out-of-body experience causes her to rethink her options.

"Land Ho!" (R), exclusively at the Broadway Center Cinemas downtown, is a sort of geezer road-trip comedy set in Iceland as a pair of disparate aging brothers-in-law attempt to reinvigorate themselves by going to Icelandic nightclubs, spas and campsites.

"Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" (G). IMAX documentary follows Dr. Patricia C. Wright's mission to help highly endangered lemurs on Madagascar.