OPENING IN HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK
IF I STAY
Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is like Paris after the zombie apocalypse. Beautiful to look at but not a living soul in sight.
The sequel to 2005’s visually groundbreaking “Sin City,” which in turn was based on Miller’s popular graphic novels, is once again an homage to the hard-boiled fiction and film noir of mid-20th century America. Its blend of live action, animation, CGI and comic-book sensibilities is full of long shadows and dark moods, its stunning black-and-white palette often violently streaked red with blood. And it’s all narrated, in classic Raymond Chandler/James Cain tough-guy style, by men short on tact and timidity but well-versed in the poetry of the upper cut and the right hook.