Director: Dustin Hoffman
Writers: Ronald Harwood (play), Ronald Harwood (screenplay)
Stars: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly
Runtime: 98 mins
This year’s “Exotic Marigold Hotel” in so many ways: a group of (even more) elderly interact, look back at their lives and face the inevitable with pluck, grace and humor. This time, they’re residents of a home for retired musicians and opera singers. Everyone is preparing for the annual fundraiser, when a grand diva (Maggie Smith) arrives and, of course, refuses to sing. The cast (including many real retired musicians) finds great fun in the lively performances by Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon and Pauline Collins. Director Dustin Hoffman has kept things rolling along with a sprightly pace, lots of energy and minimal serious moments. Although it’s really just a trifle and totally predictable, the performances and direction combine to make it a sweet charmer for the 50+ set.
GAY ANGLE: You’ll be in heaven if you’re an opera queen.
Director: Jonathan Levine
Writers: Jonathan Levine (screenplay), Isaac Marion (novel)
Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich
runtime: 98 mins
Nicholas Hoult gives a charming, career-making performance as a zombie dude who falls for a human woman. The post-apocalyptic world is populated by the undead. The humans hide behind a big wall, except for one blonde who gets trapped on the wrong side. Houllt’s blank comic manner and sweet charisma combine with his cuteness to create a lovable character. The script has plenty of humor and only drags for a few moments. Jonathan Levine, who succeeded in combining cancer with comedy in “50/50,” shows a knack for staging offbeat jokes. This is a romantic comedy, not a horror film, but its charms make it a DEADpan delight.
GAY ANGLE: Even in zombie drag, Hoult is soooo cute.
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.