Director: Peter Segal
Writers: Tim Kelleher (screenplay), Rodney Rothman (screenplay)
Stars: Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kim Basinger
Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro play ex-boxers who never settled their rivalry (in the ring and in love), so they decide to stage a final bout. These two screen icons toss around age and fat jokes, but mostly play the drama. Luckily, Adam Arkin provides crusty comic commentary and Kevin Hart brings wise ass chatter. Still, the script is only occasionally amusing, painfully predictable and not at all compelling. If you insist on seeing it, be sure to sit thru the closing credits for two surprise cameos that create the film’s funniest moment.
GAY ANGLE: Unless your into reasonably fit daddies, John Bernthall is in his 2nd movie of the season…this time fully clothed.
Director: Carl Rinsch
Writers: Chris Morgan (screenplay), Hossein Amini (screenplay)
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki
Exiled samurai are called Ronin and 47 of them seek revenge when their master is killed by Japan’s supreme warlord. They need the leadership of a noble half-breed (Keanu Reeves) to overcome mythical beasts, a powerful witch and a bunch of soldiers. This well-worn plot spends the first hour with lots of intrigue and a confusing array of characters. When it comes time to fight, the action is uninspired and unfocused. The only thing to recommend the film is the art direction: lovely scenery, stunning costumes and some cool effects. The overall outcome just feels flat: never particularly involving or exciting.
GAY ANGLE: Keanu is long past sexy, even though he flashes a bit of fit flesh.
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.