Director: Shawn Levy
Writers: David Guion (screenplay), Michael Handelman (screenplay), 5 more credits »
Stars: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson
Ben Stiller is back at his museum full of historical figures that come alive at night. This sequel’s adventure takes them to London’s British Museum, where a bunch of new exhibits enter the fray. Again, there are lots of big setups, inane chases and dozens of animated creatures. While this movie could be construed as cute for adults, the movie is really for kids. The plot is silly, but it’s about the characters who add personality and fun to the film.
GAY ANGLE: Steve Coogan’s Roman soldier seems to be showing gay tendencies.
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Writers: Nick Hornby, Cheryl Strayed (memoir: “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail”)
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann
Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed, who wrote the book about her 1000+ mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in an attempt to reverse her disastrous life (including a ruined marriage and heroin addiction). The movie alternates between numerous outdoor challenges and reflections on her past. It works on both levels and is absorbingly told by director Jean-Marc Vallée (“Dallas Buyers Club”). The scenery is expectedly lovely and the complex sound design adds an almost trippy layer to her journey. This double-edged “adventure” is continually compelling, but not as emotionally rewarding as you’d expect. NOTE: Look for the real Strayed in an early cameo as she drops her movie star version off from a truck.
GAY ANGLE: Most of the men in this movie are dicks and I don’t mean that in a gay way.
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.