Cinema Guide: Sin City 2, Million Dollar Arm and If I Stay
This week’s new releases include an ultra-violent crime thriller, a feel-good sports flick and a shameless weepie.
As ever, we check out the biggest new blockbusters, family features and independent films screening at theatres, multiplexes and arthouse cinemas near you.
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (18)
Synopsis: Several interlocking stories unwind in the titular urban hell-hole, taking in a crafty femme fatale, a poker game gone badly wrong, and a traumatized stripper out for revenge.
Review: “A Dame To Kill For is as twisted and depraved as its predecessor, festooning every frame with corrupt cops, gun-toting hoodlums and scantily clad molls. Set pieces including a car chase and sword fight are directed at a breathless lick, melding heavily stylised live action and animation for each orgy of violence.” ★★★ (read more)
Million Dollar Arm (PG)
Synopsis: A down-on-his-luck Baseball agent thinks up a competition to bring two bowlers from India to America to challenge for a lucrative Major League contract.
Review: “If Jerry Maguire and Slumdog Millionaire gave birth to an impossibly cute love child, it would look something like Million Dollar Arm. It’s a polished amalgamation of countless other sports movies that compel us to root for the underdog. ” ★★★★ (read more)
If I Stay (12A)
Synopsis: Caught between life and death, a talented young musician must decide whether to return to her bittersweet existence – or move on into the afterlife.
Review: “If I Stay shamelessly tugs heartstrings through some mawkish and emotionally manipulative moments. A hoary and contrived finale is sign-posted well in advance so teenagers have plenty of time to arm themselves with enough tissues to contain their sobs and sniffles.” ★★ (read more)
Lucy (15) - review ★★★
What If (15) - review ★★★
Deliver Us From Evil (15) - review ★★★
The Expendables 3 (12A) - review ★★★
The Rover (15) - review ★★★★
The Unbeatables (U) - review ★★★
Guardians Of The Galaxy (12A) - review ★★★★
Inbetweeners 2 (15) - review ★★★
The Nut Job (U) - review ★★
Earth To Echo (PG) - review ★★★
The Purge: Anarchy (15) - review ★★★
Hercules (12A) - review ★★★
The House Of Magic (U) - review ★★★
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (12A) – review ★★★★
Pudsey The Dog: The Movie (U) – review ★
How To Train Your Dragon 2 (PG) - review ★★★★
Transformers: Age Of Extinction (12A) - review ★★
Boyhood (15) – review ★★★
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