Directors: Andy Wachowski (as The Wachowskis) , Lana Wachowski (as The Wachowskis)
Writers: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Stars: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne
Since their big hits, the Wachowskis have tried all kinds of promising spectacles, but none have approached the breakthrough status of their “Matrix” trilogy. In this one, a woman named Jupiter (Mila Kunis) isn’t very happy with her mundane existence, until she’s whisked off to another galaxy by a hunky alien (Channing Tatum). She enters a universe where her genetic signature promises amazing things. Sounds cool enough, but the visuals offer nothing that a high-end videogame doesn’t. There are no dazzling new EFX or wondrous concepts, just a lot of hectic, noisy chases and impending-doom drama. It feels like the filmmakers have attempted to assemble a blockbuster by delivering all of the genre’s staples, but have ended up with a bland and unexciting derivative.
GAY ANGLE: Tatum spends a 20-minute action sequence shirtless!
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Writer: Dennis Kelly
Stars: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn
A jobless submarine captain (Jude Law) assembles a crew of British and Russian sailors to rescue a cache of gold from a sunken Nazi boat. Problems arise from their national differences, unfortunate accidents and the inevitable greed. While the conflicts seem constant and become a bit repetitive, there are moments of tension and some unexpected turns to hold interest. As the leader, Law gets to flex his dramatic skills, while fearlessly holding things together. This film will most likely sink into oblivion, but those who like this sort of claustrophobic action should find it worthwhile.
GAY ANGLE: There’s one cute “virgin” on the mission, but the rest of the crew is pretty scruffy.
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.