Director: Frank Coraci
Writers: Ivan Menchell, Clare Sera
Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Wendi McLendon-Covey
Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore (who looks frumpy throughout) play single parents who have a disastrous first date. Of course, their animosity gradually changes as they spend a week with their 5 kids in South Africa (a knockout location called The Palace of the Lost City). I’m not a fan of Sandler’s sophomoric, goofy humor, but there’s plenty here for his fans and young audiences (who often share that taste). It’s energetic and high-spirited, just painfully predictable, low-brow and broad.
GAY ANGLE: There’s one quick flash of a gay couple with their kids.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Director: Bryan Singer
Writers: Simon Kinberg (screenplay), Jane Goldman (story)
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman
Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back 50 years by the X-Men leaders (Patrick Steward & Ian McKellen) to encourage their younger selves (James McAvoy & Michael Fassbender) to engage in a conflict that will save them and the world. Although the time-travel logic gets a bet confusing at times, the top-notch actors manage to make the drama effective. On top of that, there’s plenty of inventive action and cool effects to stimulate the eyes and imagination. NOTE: Sit thru the credits for a preview of a new mutant.
GAY ANGLE: With all the hot men in this cast, only Jackman bares his body, which is over-pumped.
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.