Director: Steven Quale
Writer: John Swetnam
Stars: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh
A whole slew of twisters ravages a small rural area, while some people run to avoid them and others chase them down. The story is about as trite as a disaster plot could be, but it’s so poorly written that there’s no sympathy for the family and the TV crew. I lost count of how many times somebody screamed “Hold on!” However, the tornado effects are FANTASTIC. Special effects have gotten to the point where it’s a completely convincing spectacle. That’s the only reason to go. If you can ignore the irrational moments (a large airport in a rural town is just one) you’ll be in for several whirlwinds of massive destruction.
GAY ANGLE: A sprinkling of semi-cute young men, but not much else.
Director: Michael Dowse
Writers: Elan Mastai (screenplay), T.J. Dawe (play), 1 more credit »
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park
In his first rom-com Daniel Radcliffe meets a cute charmer (Zoe Kazan) and the chemistry is immediate. Turns out she has a bf, so they decide to just be friends. From there, it plays out exactly to formula. Luckily, Radcliffe and Kazan are both engaging, so that helps compensate for the film’s uneven attempts to be eccentric. Even so, there’s sufficient humor (and enjoyable support from Adam Driver) to keep it entertaining. Nothing new here, but fans of the genre (and Radcliffe) will find it appealing.
GAY ANGLE: Radcliffe gets a sorta nude scene, but Driver’s the movie’s real hottie (even with his clothes on).
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.