Director: Scott Waugh
Writers: George Gatins (screenplay), George Gatins (story)
Stars: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots
Aaron Paul sells out in his first major role since “Breaking Bad,” but maybe it takes a strong actor like him to carry off this predictable story and these obvious emotions. He plays a wrongfully accused street racer who speeds across country to compete in an absurd competition. Along the way, there’s plenty of fast driving, but little of it shows off fancy direction. Some of the crashes are spectacular and there’s one stunt that’s impressive. Even though the cast is enjoyable, the writing is simply painful and the action isn’t strong enough to put it in the fast lane.
GAY ANGLE: Cute Rami Malek strips down to nothing…bare ass and all!
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Director: Chiemi Karasawa
Stars: Elaine Stritch, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin
If you love brassy Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, you’ll enjoy this opportunity to spend 80 minutes with her. Sure, we hear from some of her friends and get glimpses of her early years, but this doc spends most of its time with her: watching her prepare and perform her one-woman show, dealing with her diabetes and listening to her muse about life, aging and the impending. She’s as funny and ferocious as ever, but this offers poignant glimpses into the fragile woman underneath. She also sings! (Stay all the way thru the credits, because she just can’t stop.)
GAY ANGLE: It’s Elaine Stritch, for crying out loud! If you don’t know who that is, I’m revoking your gay card.
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.