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Movies opening this weekend - Aug. 22
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Laura Dern and Jim Caviezel star in TriStar Pictures' "When the Game Stands Tall."
When the Game Stands Tall focuses on football coaching legend. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

When the Game Stands Tall
Genre: Drama and sports
Cast: Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis and Alexander Ludwig
Director: Thomas Carter
Rated: PG

Inspired by a true story, "When the Game Stands Tall" tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.

When the streak is broken, and tragedy strikes the team, Coach Lad must teach his players - and the entire town - that it's not about how you fall, but how you get back up.

Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Genre: Action, crime and drama
Cast: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Powers Boothe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert, Martin Csokas, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Chung, Jamie King, Alexa Vega, Julia Garner, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach and Jude Ciccolella
Director: Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller
Not yet rated

Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning "Sin City" graphic novels back to the screen in "Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For."

Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hardboiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. The movie is the follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film, "Frank Miller's Sin City."

If I Stay
Genre: Drama
Cast: ChloŽ Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Aisha Hinds and Stacy Keach
Director: R.J. Cutler
Rated: PG-13

Mia Hall (Moretz) 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 (Blackley).

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.

The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.

Cam2Cam
Genre: Thriller
Cast: Tammin Sursock, Ben Wiggins and Sarah Bonrepaux
Director: Joel Soisson
Not rated

An American backpacker in Thailand encounters a mysterious group of web performers harboring a terrible secret.

Five Bangkok tourists have been beheaded after making online contact with an unknown party. Newly-arrived Allie Westbrock meets a pair of ex-pats, Michael and Marit, who perform on a provocative interactive website called "Cam2Cam." The dark menace beneath Michael's easy charm and the strange bi-sexual magnetism of the group's leader, Marit, drive Allie to the brink of madness. In a city where foreigners come to re-invent themselves, Allie learns, too late, that nothing is what it seems.

Love Is Strange
Genre: Comedy, drama and romance
Cast: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan and Cheyenne Jackson
Director: Ira Sachs
Rated: R

After 39 years together, Ben and George take advantage of the new marriage laws and tie the knot in a City Hall wedding in lower Manhattan.

On the return from their honeymoon, however, and on account of their vows, George gets fired from his longtime job as a choir director for a co-ed Catholic school. Suddenly, with no real savings to count on, the couple finds that they can't afford the rent on their small Chelsea apartment.

As a short-term solution, George moves in with the gay cops next door, and Ben moves in with his nephew Elliot, a television director, and his wife Kate, a novelist, in the Park Slope apartment they share with their teenage son. As the two men face the bureaucracy and discomfort of getting a new apartment -- and the challenges of living apart after decades spending every night together -- their presence in the two households ultimately has subtle and unforeseen effect on the lives and relationships of all involved.

The Prince
Genre: Action and thriller
Cast: Jason Patric, Bruce Willis, John Cusack, Jung Ji-Hoon a.k.a Rain, Jessica Lowndes, Johnathon Schaech, Gia Mantegna and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson
Director: Brian A. Miller
Rated: R

Jason Patric, Bruce Willis and John Cusack face off in this action-packed thriller. A retired assassin is drawn back into the life he gave up when his daughter is kidnapped. To rescue her, he must confront his former rival.

Are You Here
Genre: Comedy and romance
Cast: Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler
Director: Matthew Weiner
Not rated

When Steve Dallas (Owen Wilson), a womanizing local weatherman, hears that his off-the-grid best friend Ben Baker (Zach Galifianakis) has lost his estranged father, the two return to Ben's childhood home to discover Ben has inherited the family fortune leaving the ill-equipped duo to battle Ben's formidable sister (Amy Poehler) and deal with his father's gorgeous 25-year-old widow (Laura Ramsey).

Featuring complex performances from iconic comedic actors Wilson, Galifianakis and Poehler, "Are You Here" is an unexpected story about family, friendship, and the people who keep us afloat while facing the compromises of life.
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