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In 2005, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's Sin City was an interesting novelty. The directors were able to transfer Miller's visually distinct comics to the screen through the heavy use of CGI. Not adapt; transfer. The comic was used as a storyboard, and the directors filled in the gaps by casting a bunch of recognizable actors to play the roles. For people who argue that adaptations should never stray from the source material, 2005's Sin City was perfect. Although the novelty has run its course, Rodriguez and Miller are back nine years later with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, but the visual panache now feels like a crutch while also diminishing any authentic noir vibe the movie occasionally tries to convey. Although the sequel is occasionally enjoyable thanks to the actors who are in on the exaggerated tone, the film feels like it was made by a couple of »
- Matt Goldberg
The bloom is off the rose. Nine years removed from Robert Rodriguez's first turn with Frank Miller's Sin City, it appears they think the visual aesthetic that wowed us when it was new in 2005 will continue to wow us now. It doesn't, and that was proven already once this year with 300: Rise of an Empire, and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For lands with a similarly dull thud. As a 102-minute visual effects reel it does offer some pretty images (an endlessly naked Eva Green chief among them) but my ears are still ringing from all the Dolby-enhanced, wet, bloody fist pounding this film delivers whenever the tinkling of broken glass or gruff voice over isn't pummeling my senses. Like the last installment, A Dame to Kill For, features a series of separate storylines, interwoven, but not necessarily connected. In fact, the best of the bunch featuring »
- Brad Brevet
If you have forgotten a little bit about "Sin City," we can't blame you.
The original film came out way back in 2005, before the onslaught of comic book adaptations, when a time of 1:1 approximations and largely computer-generated backgrounds were something to behold. Since then, we take these things for granted. Not that there's been anything like "Sin City" in the 10 years since it's been released -- it remains something of a technical and narrative achievement, an anthology film that Xeroxed images and tableaus from the comic book almost perfectly and retained its nifty film noir style and structure.
Now, director Robert Rodriguez and co-director Frank Miller (who also wrote and drew the original comic books) are back, with "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," which stars Eva Green (as the titular dame), Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Josh Brolin.
But is it worth it »
- Drew Taylor
To celebrate the release of Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For, which stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Eva Green and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and hits cinemas this Monday, we have an exciting competition for you. We are offering one lucky winner the chance to win a Sin City 2 bundle including Sin City on DVD, playing cards, an Eva Green poster and an A Dame to Kill For graphic novel. To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, simply enter below... a Rafflecopter giveaway Nine years after the box-office smash Sin City, the stories of the notorious city dwellers resume in the hugely anticipated sequel Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For. Boasting an all-star cast led by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), Eva Green (Dark Shadows), Juno Temple (Killer Joe), Jessica Alba (Sin City, Fantastic Four), Bruce Willis (Looper) and »
Written by Frank Miller
Unlikely as it may have seemed, 2014 has emerged as the year where, among other things, Eva Green proved to be the best part of a rock-dumb green screen sequel film. First there was her turn in 300: Rise of an Empire, and now comes Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. She is the eponymous “dame,” Ava Lord, a character so rigidly crafted to the femme fatale archetype as to be a cartoon. Of course, that goes for all the characters in this series, as they are portrayed both in these films and in the comic book series on which they are based. The cast also overflows with corrupt politicians, brassy whores, and down-on-their-luck antiheroes suffering apparent vocal fry, with a towering black manservant and a mute Asian assassin thrown in for good measure. »
- Dan Schindel
A bank holiday line-up to kill for . It's back to Frank Miller's urban hellhole for the likes of Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Powers Boothe, Bruce Willis and Rosario Dawson as the comic book creator hooks up with director Robert Rodriguez for more ultra-stylised sex and bloodshed in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ray Liotta join the cast of the 2005 for four more hard-boiled yarns from the monochrome metropolis. »
The followup to 2005's eye-popping Sin City is neither the dazzler I hoped for nor the disaster I feared. But "meh" is hardly the reaction you expect from a movie in which Eva Green and Jessica Alba shake their ta-tas and Mickey Rourke and Josh Brolin send souls screaming into hell. And this time they do it in 3-D. Fighters and femme fatales are the staples of Frank Miller's just-famed graphic novels. And Robert Rodriquez was wise to ask Miller to join him again to direct. The movie looks »
The Toronto International Film Festival will celebrate Bill Murray Day on September 5th, commemorating the actor's career with public screenings of three of his biggest movies — Stripes, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters — and ending with the world premiere of his latest effort, St. Vincent, Deadline reports. Murray has also agreed to participate in an audience Q&A following St. Vincent to discuss both the film and his career.
Tickets for the three Murray classics go on sale at 8 a.m. on September 5th at the Tiff Bell Lightbox box office; the »
Cara Delevingne could soon be leaving the runway behind, Chris Martin and Jennifer Lawrence head to the vineyard for some romance, Daniel Radcliffe is more than content with his love life, and more celebrity news to jumpstart your day.
Model Cara Delevingne could soon be rocking out to The Beach Boys in the upcoming film All Summer Long. [Elle] Chris Martin and Jennifer Lawrence’s fling may be getting serious. [E!] Sorry, ladies. Daniel Radcliffe says he’s “very, very happy with someone.” [Cosmopolitan] Robin Williams‘ body has been cremated and his ashes were scattered over the San Francisco Bay. [TMZ] After three years of dating, Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp have split. [Us Weekly] Michelle Rodriguez is in an “unconditional state of mind” after her split with Zac Efron. What does that even mean? [Just Jared] The first (real) American Horror Story: Freak Show teaser trailer is here. [YouTube] Bill Murray‘s Rock the Kasbah, starring Bruce Willis, »
- Taylor Ferber
Arriving across the Us tomorrow is the highly anticipated action noir follow-up 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'. It's been 9 years since we last dipped into the live-action pages of Frank Miller's cult graphic novel and now Miller has reteamed once more with Robert Rodriguez to co-direct this sexy, slick, and violent sequel. Three new clips from the movie have been released each focusing on different characters from the comic book action thriller. The finely figured Eva Green ('Dark Shadows'), the haggered mush of Josh Brolin, the beaten up Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the intimidating Powers Boothe and the colourful Julia Garner ('The Last Exorcism Part II') are all spread out across the trio of clips which you can view below. Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson ('Trance'), Jaime King and Jessica Alba amongst many other also star. »
Directors: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller. Starring: Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Jude Ciccolella, Powers Boothe, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, Marton Csokas, Christopher Lloyd, Julia Garner, Juno Temple, Ray Liotta, Stacy Keach, Christopher Meloni, Alexa PenaVega, Lady Gaga, Jeremy Piven and Crystal McCahill.
Running Time: 102 minutes.
Synopsis: Some of Sin City’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.
Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s long-awaited Sin City sequel, A Dame to Kill For, arrives on a nine year wave of expectation, ready to soak you up and hurl you around with such ferocity you’ll feel as if it’s been mere days since the original unleashed itself back in 2005.
Concocted of a series of short segments, one of which – Booze, Broads & Bullets -was torn from Miller’s very own pages, here the writer »
- Jacob Stolworthy
Nine years after the first Sin City materialized at the multiplex like a breath of unexpected fresh air, what reasons do directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have for finally returning to their smoke-filled, black-and-white den of iniquity? If I wanted to pithily sum up what this follow-up brings to the table, I could do it in just two words: Eva Green. Her sexy, scheming Ava Lord is a truly hypnotic creation, and alone worth delving back into Rodriguez and Miller’s noir-drenched world. Excitingly, though, there’s more to Sin City: A Dame To Kill For than just the devious femme fatale of its title.
Like the first Sin City, this sequel is made up of a loosely connected series of stories, but there are really two main threads to keep track of. In one, the villainous Senator Roark (Powers Boothe) is twice targeted by revenge – first by cocky »
- Isaac Feldberg
The original Sin City, released in 2005 with an all-star cast featuring the likes of Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Brittany Murphy, Mickey Rourke and Benicio Del Toro, was largely positively received and a box office success. On a relatively small $40 million budget, the film managed to take in nearly $160 million when its theatrical run was all said and done. With talk of a sequel having loomed for years, it's finally coming this weekend in the form of Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and looks to be just as unique, if not more ambitious than the original. The Original's Unique Formula When the original Sin City was released, director Robert Rodriguez would attempt to distance himself from characterizing...
- Chris Clow
Co-directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez reunite to bring Miller’s visually stunning “Sin City” graphic novels back to the screen in 3D in Frank Miller’S Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Recently, Wamg sat down with Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, along with other members of the press, at the films La Press Conference. Check it out below.
In a town where justice doesn’t prevail, the desperate want vengeance and ruthless murderers find themselves with vigilantes on their heels. Their paths cross when they converge on Sin City’s famous Kadie’s Club Pecos. The film opens with fan-favorite “Just Another Saturday Night,” when Marv (Mickey Rourke) finds himself in the center of carnage as he tries to remember the events leading up to it. “The Long, Bad Night” tells the tale of Johnny, a cocky »
- Melissa Howland
Rlj/Image Entertainment is getting prepared to make fans ecstatic, when they unleash The Twilight Zone: The Complete ’80s Series onto DVD next week (August 26th). The updated take on Rod Serling’s classic and beloved series lasted three seasons, from 1985 to 1989 and showcased episodes like two of my favorites, the heartbreaking William Sanderson (Blade Runner, Sometimes They Come Back)-led episode “The Call“, and Wes Craven’s “Shatterday” episode with Bruce Willis.
“Travel into the fifth dimension once again with The Twilight Zone, testing the limits of reality and exploring the mysteries of the universe. Airing from 1985 to 1989, this critically acclaimed anthology series carried on the legacy of the original Rod Serling program and attracted a brand new audience of fans. The series features major stars – including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Martin Landau to name a few – in compelling tales of intrigue by such noted »
- Jerry Smith
It may be in 3D this time around, but Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s monotone, monochrome comicbook universe feels flatter than ever in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” Rare indeed is the movie that features this many bared breasts, pummeled crotches and severed noggins and still leaves you checking your watch every 10 minutes. But that’s the dubious accomplishment of this visually arresting but grimly repetitive exercise in style, set against a sordid neo-noir landscape populated almost exclusively by tormented tough guys and femme-fatale fetish objects. Nearly a decade after the first “Sin City” grossed more than $158 million worldwide, it’s doubtful whether the directors’ overlapping fanbases can muster the same level of excitement for a picture about which the best one can really say is, “It sure beats ‘The Spirit.’ ”
- Justin Chang
Rock The Kasbah is the story of “Richie Vance,” a has-been rock manager who takes his last remaining client on a Uso tour of Afghanistan. When Richie finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol,” the wildly popular “Afghan Star.”
The film is written by Mitch Glazer and directed by Barry Levinson. Qed’s Bill Block, Venture Forth’s Jacob Pechenik, Shangri-La Entertainment’s Steve Bing and Mitch Glazer are producing Rock The Kasbah. Brian Grazer and Tom Freston are executive producers. »
- Michelle McCue
On Tuesday night at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Willis grabbed a harmonica and a mic, and Rodriguez was on the guitar at the “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” afterparty. The film’s cast including Jessica Alba, Powers Boothe, Jaime King, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Eva Green and Mickey Rourke were all in attendance, not to mention the graphic novel creator and film’s co-director Frank Miller.
The two men, along with Rodriguez’s band, Chingon (which was formed to record songs for 2003’s “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”), jammed together on a stage that took up nearly a third of the Roosevelt’s ballroom. They sang the blues, culling inspiration from Stevie Ray Vaughan while Rodriguez »
- Alexandra Cheney
Teen girls are notoriously fickle, particularly when it comes to movies.
For every “Twilight” or “The Hunger Games,” there’s a film such as “Mortal Instruments,” a hot literary property that lost its sizzle in the transition from page to screen.
“If I Stay” is the latest attempt to capture this coveted demographic, and while the low-budget weepy won’t hit the lofty numbers of “The Fault in Our Stars,” it’s shaping up to sell a lot of tickets along with Kleenex.
“It looks like it could be a breakout based on the reactions on Facebook and Twitter,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst of BoxOffice.com. “It seems to be connecting with the same crowds that lined up for ‘Fault in Our Stars.’ This month has had a lot of male-skewing action pictures, so the timing is good.”
Look for “If I Stay,” which is being »
- Brent Lang
Open Road will release the film on April 24, 2015.
Qed holds international rights.
Organisers at the Toronto International Film Festival have declared September 5 Bill Murray Day. »
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