Director: John Michael McDonagh
Writer: John Michael McDonagh
Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly
In the opening scene, a priest (Brendan Gleeson) hears a threatening confession. He spends the rest of the film interacting with members of his community (most of whom aren’t very devout or very nice) and preparing for his fate. The characters are intriguing and the actors playing them turn in compelling performances. The film’s sense of mystery combines with the priest’s complex moral perspective (and dashes of humor) to create a rich, absorbing experience. The outcome is so powerful that it ends in silence on screen and in the audience. (Criterion Cinema only.)
GAY ANGLE: Surprisingly, a gay member of the parish is caught with his hustler (a hot Owen Sharpe) and the priest doesn’t condemn.
The Expendables 3
Director: Patrick Hughes
Writers: Sylvester Stallone (screenplay), Creighton Rothenberger (screenplay)
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li
The only way to up the stakes is to toss in a few more names, so Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Kelsey Grammer join some of the stalwarts. After leader Sylvester Stallone fires his old gang, he recruits a bland new group of younger talent (and Antonio Banderas for laffs). The gun-heavy action scenes are a confusing blur with odds that are even more absurd. Some of the one-liners manage a chuckle, but the “serious” moments drag down the pace. This is pretty much an action in-joke with nobody trying very hard.
GAY ANGLE: With this massive assemblage of hunks (young & old) there’s barely a bicep exposed.
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.