Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Stars: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Krysten Ritter
In the early 60s, Keane paintings of pitiful waifs were all the rage. Turns out that Margaret (Amy Adams) painted them, but her charismatic husband (Christoph Waltz) took the credit. He also revolutionized the commercialization of popular art. Their first happy, then tumultuous marriage takes a repetitive long time to get to the courtroom showdown, which also goes on too long. Adams turns this halting, insecure character into a nuanced and compelling performance. Director Tim Burton minimized the bizarre flourishes expected from his work, to tell a straightforward narrative. While it’s a fascinating story and Adams is worth the ticket, the film feels more like an informative historical replay, than a moving personal drama. NOTE: Look for the real Margaret in a conspicious cameo on a park bench behind Adam’s easel in an early scene.
GAY ANGLE: Apparently, this took place in a San Francisco before there were any gays on the scene (except maybe Jason Schwartzman’s snooty art dealer).
Director: Olivier Megaton
Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Stars: Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace
Liam Neeson is back on home soil and his family is once again in peril. To make matters worse, he gets framed and has to track down the villains, while eluding he police. This is very much a by-the-numbers action flick with a hero who’s impervious to bullets, falls and anything else that would hurt an ordinary person. The endless chases and fights are shot and edited with that slice-and-dice technique that makes it impossible to see what’s really happening…just a blur of activity. In its favor, the pace is brisk.
GAY ANGLE: Thankfully, Neeson keeps his clothes on, but the villain dies in his tighty whities.
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.