The November Man, When the Game Stands Tall, & Sin City: A Dame to Die For
(Starts Friday) Pierce Brosnan stars as Devereaux, an ex-CIA agent brought out of retirement for a mission that he thought had been resolved. What he doesn't realize is that he'll have to go up against an ex-protégé (Luke Bracey) of his whose out to prove that he can best his one-time teacher. The film's complex part sometimes gets in its own way however the action sequences are well-done and Brosnan proves he can still bring the goods as a man-of-action. Unfortunately, he's working with a script that's far from fresh. 2 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 108 minutes.
. In this sequel to the 2005 hit, Robert Rpdriguez and Frank Miller throw us once more onto the rain-soaked, dirty, evil streets of Sin City where the men are hard, the women loose and daylight doesn't exist, for three different stories that converge for a dark climax. Though the movie is visually arresting the film noir tropes it contains are as pedestrian as they come. Each of the three stories follows the same pattern - someone's wronged, they seek revenge, they get it in the bloodiest manner possible. This becomes tedious while the violence becomes more and more graphic as the film wears on, ultimately bordering on the offensive. 2 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 102 minutes.
. Based on a true story, this film charts the experiences of high school football coach Bob Ladouceur who led his team, the De La Salle Spartans, to 151 consecutive wins and how the community responded when defeat finally darkened their door. Though the film's faith-based message is sincere, the homilies containing it are delivered far too often and with the subtlety of a tank. Meanwhile, the on-field heroics play like just so many clichés out of the "Football Movie" playbook. 2 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG. 115 minutes.
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