Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Writers: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec,
Stars: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner
This is a frenzied, confused mess starts with the emergence of the titular turtles (couldn’t resist) as they rise out of the gutters to save NYC from Shredder and his Foot Clan. Their human allies are Megan Fox and Will Arnett. It goes without saying that the plotting is plodding. The story gets off to a slow start, but once it gets rolling, there’s plenty of action…most of its jumbled and unimaginative. Arnett has a few funny moments, but the Turtles’ wise cracks fall flat. Kids might enjoy it (although they’ll be frustrated by the subtitles), but grownups looking to re-live their childhood fascination will find themselves yearning for their younger days (and their money back).
GAY ANGLE: Unless you’re into beefy turtles with masks, there’s only Will Arnett.
Director: Richard Linklater
Writer: Richard Linklater
Stars: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke
You probably know the unique concept: This film blends real time and fiction as it looks in on the maturation of a boy and his family for 12 years, as he literally grows on camera. The time progress seamlessly, as life’s everyday interactions take place between his family and friends. There are some landmarks, but more often it’s the understated, mundane moments that blend into a quietly powerful portrait. Director Richard Linklater mines humor and emotion in the seemingly ordinary dialogue and the passage of minor cultural landmarks. The performances are uniformly natural and completely compelling. Even at 2:45, every minute captivates as only true life can. A modest masterpiece.
GAY ANGLE: The only gay references are teenage slurs by his friends.
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.