Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay)
Stars: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson
The soldier superhero (Chris Evans) is living quietly in DC, when an evil plot is discovered. He enlists Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and newbie The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to help. This may be the most unoriginal screenplay yet for Marvel heroes: no surprises, no peril and no humor. It moves forward with momentum and some of the visuals are cool. Most of the fights are fast cut, hand held and hard to follow. While it’s never dull, the predictability and unimaginative action don’t render it special. NOTE: There’s one additional clip after the closing titles and another after the final credits.
GAY ANGLE: There’s more flesh from bad guy Sebastian Stan, than from Chris Evans, who teases in a tank top.
The Face of Love
Director: Arie Posin
Writers: Matthew McDuffie, Arie Posin
Stars: Robin Williams, Ed Harris, Annette Bening
This is a Lifetime Movie of the Week with an A-list cast. Annette Bening meets a man (Ed Harris) who looks just like her dead husband (also played by Harris). Nothing that happens next is in any way original. She’s too glum for too long and he’s too perfect, patient and understanding. While the actors create a compelling couple, the painfully predictable plot, uninspired script and lackluster direction undermine any hope of making this movie special (except maybe a Special Movie Event on cable). Criterion Ciinema only
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.