Director: Jerusha Hess
Writers: Jerusha Hess (screenplay), Shannon Hale (screenplay)
Stars: Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Jennifer Coolidge
Keri Russell’s character is obsessed with Jane Austen, so she spends her savings on an in an immersive experience in the author’s world. While playing an Austen heroine, she meets two men (both handsome) and two other participants (Jennifer Coolidge & Georgia King, who are both over the top but still funny). There’s a rollicking energy that keeps this film entertaining, despite the fact that most of the comedy isn’t that clever. Entirely predictable but fun.
GAY ANGLE: At least one gay hero and one hunk who can’t keep his shirt on.
Director: Brian De Palma
Writers: Brian De Palma, Natalie Carter (film “Crime d’amour”)
Stars: Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Karoline Herfurth
Rachel McAdams & Noomi Rapace start out so tight you’d think they were lovers, but that fondness turns to competition, then deception, then hate. While the plot takes too long to develop and ultimately crumbles, the performances are engaging. Master director Brian De Palma knows how to craft a compelling story, but this one works against him. The most notable aspect of this film is the high-end, polished look: slick art direction, beautiful design and high glamour women. Unfortunately, it takes more than that to make a gripping drama. (Criterion Ciinema only)
GAY ANGLE: Several ladies kissing and one of them is a lesbian.
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.