Director: Walter Hill
Writers: Alessandro Camon (screenplay), Alexis Nolent (graphic novel “Du plomb dans la tête”)
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater
Walter Hill used to be a top action director and Sylvester Stallone was once an action hero. Both men have blown it with this lame dud. Stallone plays a hit man who teams up with a cop (Sung Kang) to avenge their partners and shut down a group of gangsters. Stallone acts more wooden than ever and the character’s weak attempt to channel Eastwood’s racist curmudgeon in “Grand Turino” is embarrassing. The action and writing are uninspired. Just skip it.
GAY ANGLE: Several fight scenes with shirtless men…not sure why.
Director: Seth Gordon
Writers: Craig Mazin (screenplay), Jerry Eeten (story)
Stars: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, John Cho
Jason Bateman’s character has his identity stolen and sets out to bring the culprit (Melissa McCarthy) to justice. Their antagonistic road trip involves broad physical gags, continuous embarrassments and risky situations. Bateman plays his usual hapless character: mild-mannered, exasperated but always amusing. McCarthy spends most of the time in manic mode, which is sometimes amusing, other times tiresome. Most of the situations aren’t that funny, but a random stream of one-liners peppers the proceedings with laughs. Still, it’s trying too hard to be outrageous and hilarious, never succeeding at either. Mildly entertaining.
GAY ANGLE: Eric Stonestreet (the screamer in “Modern Family”) butches it up.
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.