Director: Paul Greengrass
Writers: Billy Ray (screenplay), Richard Phillips (based upon the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea” by)
Stars: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman
This film is based on a true story about a cargo ship that’s overtaken by Somali pirates. Tom Hanks plays the captain, who smartly handles the invasion, then bravely endures what comes next. His final scene is the most moving. The tension holds steadily throughout and builds to an effective climax, although it does run a bit long.
GAY ANGLE: There are no sexy sailors on this ship.
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Writer: Michael Starrbury
Stars: Skylan Brooks, Ethan Dizon, Jordin Sparks
Two boys (Skylan Brooks & Ethan Dizon) are abandoned by their junkie ho mothers to fend for themselves on the rough side of Brooklyn. The story is relentlessly bleak and there are weak spots in the writing. That said, the performances of these two newcomers are sweet, touching and amazingly accomplished. The supporting cast includes some impressive names (Jennifer Hudson, Anthony Mackie) and director George Tillman Jr. manages to mine the drama without resorting to too much melo. While this film is dark and dismal, the pluck of this duo and the simple brilliance of the two actors is affecting.
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.