Director: Brad Furman
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
Stars: Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton
Justin Timberlake plays a Princeton student who travels to Costa Rica to confront on-line gambling kingpin Ben Affleck about being cheated. When he gets there, he’s offered a part in the game, which turns predictably sour and dangerous. While there’s nothing original, this film is adequate in style and performances. The pacing never lapses and the art direction is attractive. If you enjoy these actors and don’t want to see anything else, you won’t be bored. You won’t be thrilled, either.
GAY ANGLE: Timberlake teases with 2 shirtless scenes, but not good shots.
Director: Ron Howard
Writer: Peter Morgan (screenplay)
Stars: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde
In 1976, two Formula One drivers became prominent rivals. Charismatic English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and dull, disciplined Austrian Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). This is basically a surface biopic about one year in their lives with lots of unoriginal or thrilling racing footage. Director Ron Howard went with arty camerawork and edgy editing, but it only serves to disguise the flat filmmaking. The performers are fine and their story does gain momentum in the last third, but that’s a lot of mileage (literally) before it becomes involving.
GAY ANGLE: Even though he’s way too buff for the ’70s, Hemsworth still looks fantastic in his early nearly nude scene.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.