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‘If I Stay’ is a win-win for both teenagers and adults

29 August 2014 9:54 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

If I Stay

Written for the screen by Shauna Cross

Directed by R.J. Cutler

USA, 2014

Based on the novel of the same name by Gayle Forman, If I Stay tells the story of Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz). An overachiever, cello enthusiast, and overall good-egg of a daughter, Mia has paved a finite future for herself with Julliard on her horizon. When involved in a head on collision, killing her entire family and leaving her in a coma, she goes through an out-of-body experience and has to decide if she will stay with her rocker boyfriend (Jamie Blackley) and live with her grandparents, or depart with her family and leave everything she’s aspiring to behind. What seems like the same tiresome supernatural melodrama found in Ya franchises like Twilight, in actuality, holds up nicely for both the tween dragging their parent and the parent initially being dragged into the theater. »

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If I Stay review: Chloë Grace Moretz can't decide to stay or go

29 August 2014 1:01 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Rj Cutler; Screenwriter: Shauna Cross; Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Stacy Keach, Liana Liberatro; Running time: 107 mins; Certificate: 12A

What would you choose: heaven, or heaven on earth? The big decision Mia Hall is faced with during an out-of-body experience is almost academic. Chloë Grace Moretz has an effortless look of anguish that makes this sluggish adaptation of Gayle Forman's best-selling novel a little more watchable than it deserves to be, but with a picture of teenage life seemingly plucked from the pages of Mizz, it really makes little difference whether Mia stays on this mortal coil, or goes.

Forman started out writing for teen magazines and that experience translates into a very glossy picture of youth. Apart from her model looks, Mia is a musical prodigy with achingly hip, easy-going parents (Mireille Enos of The Killing remake plays mum) and a devoted »

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Tons of Stills from If I Stay Released, Film Now in Theaters

22 August 2014 1:23 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The Chloë Grace Moretz starrer “If I Stay” is out in theaters now! The film, which also stars Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Aisha Hinds and Stacy Keach, is a drama in which a girl has to make the most difficult decision a person could make. The film is directed by R.J. Cutler with the screenplay by Shauna Cross, based on the novel by Gayle Forman. The cast also includes Jakob Davies and Gabrielle Rose. The film is presented by New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. Here’s more about the film. “Mia Hall (Moretz) thought the hardest decision  [ Read More ]

The post Tons of Stills from If I Stay Released, Film Now in Theaters appeared first on Shockya.com. »

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Film Review: ‘If I Stay’ Can’t Rinse its Too-Sudsy Soap Opera

22 August 2014 6:58 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – We hate it when they grow up. Chloë Grace Moretz, a former child actor, takes on a first-teen-love role, and the results are decidedly mixed. The extreme emotions, the circumstances and Ms. Moretz’s performance undermine the soapy “If I Stay.”

Rating: 2.5/5.0

The film is told in episodic flashback, after a car accident renders the character of Moretz as a ghost-like presence over her own coma recovery. Based on a popular young adult novel, the plot is straight out of a soap opera, and the squishy narrative doesn’t help matters. The film seeks to be different, by having the main character’s parents as former rock and rollers, and it sprinkles in a few swear words, but overall the tart points can’t affect the glacial pacing – this film moved so slow it almost reversed time – and the dull approach that Moretz applies to her character felt as »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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If I Stay – The Review

21 August 2014 10:57 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

There’s some that will judge if a comedy is good or not depending on how many times they laughed during the film. You hear people exclaim, “That movie sucked. I barely laughed at it all.” For a horror film some might say it’s based on the amount of times it scared them or how many times they jumped out of their seat. That being said, should we enact a rating scale for sad romance films, like for example how many tissues you go through during the film? “Oh my gawd! I couldn’t stop crying. I give it 4 out of 5 tissues.” This is the second film to have come out in 2 months time (it’s been a sad summer) to focus on a life and death situation involving a young girl. Audiences seem to love drowning in their own tears considering how well The Fault In Our Stars »

- Michael Haffner

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Exclusive Portraits: Chloë Grace Moretz For New Film ‘If I Stay’

21 August 2014 6:50 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Chloë Grace Moretz has grown up onscreen, and the former child actor is now a teenager in the new film “If I Stay.” Recently, she was in the area promoting the film, handing out free cupcakes to fans and admirers at the Sprinkle Cupcakes store in downtown Chicago.

Chloë Grace Moretz for ‘If I Stay’ at Sprinkles Cupcakes, July 30th, 2014

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

The actress began in television ten years ago with a guest shot on “The Guardian,” and had a regular gig as Kiki George on the short-lived “Dirty Sexy Money.” In 2009, she was memorable in “(500) Days of Summer,” followed that up with “Kiss-Ass” (2010) and starred in the remake of “Carrie” (2013). In “If I Stay,” she portrays Mia, the star-crossed car accident victim, trying to figure out what is next.

Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com took these Exclusive Portraits of »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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If I Stay Review

20 August 2014 8:05 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Perhaps fittingly for a film about a comatose teen, If I Stay has only the faintest of narrative pulses. But it wouldn’t have mattered even if the movie had suddenly flatlined, the screen abruptly cutting to a permanent black, in front of my very eyes – its dismayingly lazy writing and clinically detached direction had caused my eyes to glaze over and my mind to wander before even half an hour had passed.

It doesn’t make me happy to say such things about If I Stay. No, really. Going into my screening, I found myself cautiously excited for the film – or more accurately, for Chloë Grace Moretz, a tremendously talented young actress utterly deserving of her own Fault In Our Stars-sized phenomenon. Sadly, instead of watching Moretz take on a complex protagonist and deliver one-liners with enough emotional force to reduce entire rows of grown men to tears, I »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Review: Chloe Moretz shines in surprisingly mature supernatural love story 'If I Stay'

20 August 2014 5:40 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Movies about young love are hard to pull off, and when they don't work, they can be cloying and obnoxious. Done right, though, there is something both lovely and piercing about them, and while I think "If I Stay" has to do a fair amount of juggling to get its premise to work, there is a cumulative power to it that I found undeniable and earned. "Earned" is a big word for me in films like this. One of the biggest problems when you're making a film about love between people of any age is showing how love sparks between people and how it flourishes and doing it without giving in to short-cuts or cliche. How many times have you seen a supposed romance and the meeting is completely ridiculous? How many movies have you seen where you're supposed to just accept that characters have fallen in love because that's »

- Drew McWeeny

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Watch the If I Stay 'Best Day' fan-sourced photo trailer

19 August 2014 7:46 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The full video for the If I Stay 'Best Day' project has been released.

Fans were invited to share a photo or video of their Best Day on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, including the tags #Bestday and #Ifistay to be entered.

Submitted photos and videos were made into the final cut of the special trailer, which features the movie's cover version of The Smashing Pumpkins' 1993 single 'Today'.

Released in the UK on August 29 and August 22 in the Us, If I Stay is based on Gayle Forman's best-selling novel of the same name.

It stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley and Stacy Keach, and is directed by Rj Cutler from a screenplay by Shauna Cross, based on Forman's novel.

Moretz plays Mia Hall, a talented 17-year-old cellist who falls in love with a local punk rocker (Blackley) in Portland while she prepares to make her own debut on the stage. »

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Film Review: ‘If I Stay’

19 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A horrific road accident leaves a teenage girl stranded between life and death in “If I Stay,” a life-flashing-before-her-eyes melodrama that similarly hovers in a weird limbo between sensitivity and clumsiness. Out-of-body experiences and gooey romantic interludes aside, this adaptation of Gayle Forman’s 2009 bestseller hinges on the sort of relatably horrific worst-nightmare scenario that naturally invites, and rewards, a certain level of viewer empathy. But while many in the audience may well find themselves getting misty-eyed as the screen fades to white and softly crooned rock tunes flood the soundtrack, the overall execution is so pedestrian that it’s possible to feel more moved by the filmmakers’ good intentions than by the actual emotional content onscreen. Warner Bros.’ attempt to cash in on the current craze for mortality-obsessed Ya material — call it “The Fault in Our Cars” — should enjoy decent B.O. staying power among the book’s fans and beyond. »

- Justin Chang

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'If I Stay': Film Review

19 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It’s easy to see why Chloe Grace Moretz wanted to be in If I Stay — it’s an adaptation of a hit Ya book, she’s a rapidly rising star and the role is her first full-fledged romantic lead. But a few minutes into the drippy teen love-and-death story, you’ll likely wish she hadn’t. That is, unless you’re a teenager yourself, which may mean you’ll be swooning too hard to be bothered by the lame dialogue, heartstring-yanking music and tired visual approach. The film’s makers, including director R.J. Cutler and screenwriter Shauna Cross (working from Gayle

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- Jon Frosch

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‘If I Stay’ Review: Chloë Grace Moretz Livens Up This Terminal-Teen Tearjerker (Video)

19 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This generation of writers should be exceedingly grateful for this generation of actors, particularly in the sub-genre of Dying Teen Girl Dramas. Shailene Woodley‘s sensitive portrayal of a young cancer patient was the only reason not to walk out of “The Fault in Our Stars,” and now Chloë Grace Moretz performs similar alchemy on “If I Stay,” bringing depth and poignancy to a film that often threatens to have the emotional depth of a sad-face emoticon. Screenwriter Shauna Cross has run the gamut from the underappreciated “Whip It” to the unbearable “What to Expect When You're Expecting,” and here she. »

- Alonso Duralde

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Win Tickets To The Advance Screening of If I Stay in St. Louis

12 August 2014 12:24 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Mia Hall (Chloë Grace 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 (Jamie 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.

Also starring are Mireille Enos and Joshua Leonard as Mia’s parents, Kat and Denny, and Stacy Keach as Gramps. Rounding out the main cast are Jakob Davies as Mia’s little brother, Liana Liberato as her best friend, Gabrielle Rose as Gran, and Aisha Hinds as Nurse Ramirez.

R.J. Cutler (“The September Issue,” TV’s “Nashville”) directed the film from a »

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New trailer for If I Stay starring Chloe Grace Moretz

23 July 2014 8:04 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A second trailer for If I Stay, directed by R.J. Cutler (The September Issue), has been released online, and you can view it below.

Based on the novel by Gayle Forman, with a screenplay by Shauna Cross (Whip It), the film follows Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz), who winds up in a coma following a terrible car crash. Caught between life and death, we see the life she led and the people she touched before the accident, and she has to decide whether to keep living or not.

Looking like a quasi-sequel to this summer’s The Fault in Our StarsIf I Stay opens on August 22nd in the Us, and a week later in the UK.

The post New trailer for If I Stay starring Chloe Grace Moretz appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

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Chloe Grace Moretz in Limbo in New Heart-Wrenching 'If I Stay' Trailer

22 July 2014 10:25 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"And just like that, I could never exist again." Hot on the heels of the emotional hit The Fault in Our Stars, it looks like more tears may be coming with another adaptation. If I Stay is based on Gayle Forman's novel of the same name, and Chloe Grace Moretz leads the film in what appears to be an incredible performance, especially in this most recent trailer. Moretz plays a girl stuck in limbo between life and death as she lies unconscious in a hospital, her parents dead, and her boyfriend waiting at her bedside for her to return. It looks like a heart-wrenching story, but can it be nearly as successful as The Fault in Our Stars? Here's the new trailer for R.J. Cutler's If I Stay from Warner Bros. Pictures: If I Stay is directed by R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) from a script by Shauna Cross »

- Ethan Anderton

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Watch: Chloë Moretz Decides On Life In New Trailer For 'If I Stay'

22 July 2014 7:54 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When you're a teenager, everything feels like it's life or death; each decision has an irrevocable ripple effect that you will experience forever. But in "If I Stay," the very decision to stay alive (or not) hangs in the balance, and it's a choice that Chloë Moretz will have to make. Based on the novel by Gayle Forman, with a screenplay by Shauna Cross and directed by R.J. Cutler ("The September Issue"), this one follows Mia, who winds up in a coma following a terrible car crash. Caught between life and death, we see the life she led and the people she touched before the accident, and she has to decide whether to keep living or not. But all we know is, if Stacy Keach is crying for us to fight, you damn well believe we'd make our way back to the land of the living. But overall, this looks »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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TriStar Sets ‘Devil Wears Prada’ Helmer For ‘What Alice Forgot’

16 July 2014 12:28 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Tom Rothman’s TriStar has pre-emptively acquired What Alice Forgot, the 2011 novel from bestselling author Lianne Moriarty, with Oscar-winning director David Frankel (Devil Wears Prada, Marley and Me, Hope Springs) set to helm. Story tracks a woman who wakes up after a head injury with no memory of the last 15 years. She discovers her once-happy life is gone – she’s now a divorced single mother who must decide whether to start over or fix her relationships. Whip It‘s Shauna Cross has been tapped to script the adaptation, which will be produced by Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, and Rosalie Swedlin. […] »

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'Devil Wears Prada' Director Adapting Liane Moriarty Novel 'What Alice Forgot' (Exclusive)

16 July 2014 8:53 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TriStar, Sony’s film label run by Tom Rothman, has pre-emptively picked up What Alice Forgot, an adaptation of a Liane Moriarty novel that has Devil Wears Prada helmer David Frankel attached to direct. Shauna Cross, who wrote the comedic Whip It and the upcoming drama If I Stay, is attached to pen the project, which will be produced by Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts and Rosalie Swedlin. List Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Alice tells the story of 29-year-old Alice, who is deeply in love and about to give birth to her first child. Then she

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Watch Chloë Grace Moretz discover happiness in If I Stay trailer

9 July 2014 5:36 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A new international trailer for the Chloë Grace Moretz film If I Stay has been released.

Moretz portrays an aspiring musician whose dreams of going to Juilliard with her boyfriend (Jamie Blackley) hang in the balance when she is in a horrific car crash.

If I Stay promoters want videos and photos of your Best Day

The car accident takes the lives of Mia's (Moretz) parents and brother, leading her to look back on her life choices as she is hospitalised.

If I Stay comes from writer-director Rj Cutler, who is best known for the documentaries The War Room, The September Issue and The World According to Dick Cheney.

He adapted the screenplay for If I Stay with Shauna Cross (Whip It) from the novel by Gayle Forman.

If I Stay opens on August 22 in the Us and August 29 in the UK. »

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If I Stay promoters want videos and photos of your Best Day

7 July 2014 9:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The makers of If I Stay have launched a competition to make a fan-content 'Best Day' video.

People are being invited to share a photo or video of their Best Day on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, including the tags #Bestday and #Ifistay to be entered.

Photos and videos will be made into a final film for release next month. UK entries will also be put into a prize draw, with ten winners getting an If I Stay merchandise pack.

Released in the UK on August 29 and August 22 in the Us, If I Stay is based on Gayle Forman's best-selling novel of the same name.

It stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley and Stacy Keach, and is directed by Rj Cutler from a screenplay by Shauna Cross, based on Forman's novel.

Moretz plays Mia Hall, a talented 17-year-old cellist who falls in love with a local punk rocker »

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