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Arch Campbell gives ‘When the Game Stands Tall’ 2 stars

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ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – This weekend, moviegoers are getting a new twist on the inspirational football film—that’s because “When the Game Stands Tall” focuses on a team’s loss.

Movie still from "When the Game Stands Tall." (WJLA)

Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing—except when it isn’t, in the new movie “When the Game Stands Tall.” Talk about an unusual angle; the film tells the story of unbeatable De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif. Its football team won 151 games in a row and then lost. This is the story of that loss.

With Jim Caviezel and Michael Chiklis, the movie’s lessons about teamwork come through loud and clear. But the heavy-handed script and parade of cliches knock it from not bad to just so-so. “When the Game Stands Tall” gets two stars.

Also opening this weekend is “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” It’s got sex, violence, skin—so why did I check my watch so often? It gets one star.

Best bets for this weekend are “Boyhood,” “Get On Up,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

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