Director: Richard LaGravenese
Writers: Jason Robert Brown (based on the musical play by), Richard LaGravenese (screenplay)
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan, Tamara Mintz
It’s an interesting concept: 2 actors sing solos about their relationship over 5 years. Her story runs backward from the end, while his starts at the beginning. They intersect in the only duet, their marriage. This Off-Broadway musical has been brought to the screen with Anna Kendrick as a struggling actor and Jeremy Jordan as a successful writer. They both sing well and act effectively, but the direction by Richard LaGravenese doesn’t add anything especially interesting (sometimes the handheld work is distracting). This film has appeared without fanfare and will leave the same way, but it holds appeal for those who appreciate tuneful songs, endless solos and a thorny romantic story. (Criterion Cinema only)
GAY ANGLE: There is a song about a show she’s in that features a quartet of preening dancers.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writers: Jane Goldman (screenplay), Matthew Vaughn (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Stars: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson
This snappy, somewhat satirical spin on the spy genre features Colin Firth as an elegant, but skilled agent of a secret international organization. He gets to be sophisticated, while kicking ass. He recruits a rough, but promising new kid (Taron Egerton) into the agency, just as the inevitable evil genius (Samuel L. Jackson with a lisp) threatens to save and ruin the world. In addition several flashy fights and some cool concepts, there’s a spirited script that ramps up the fun. Through it all, director Matthew Vaughn keeps the attitude upbeat and the pacing brisk. FUN NOTE: Jackson’s character is named Richmond Valentine.
GAY ANGLE: Egerton is a cute new talent and mighty fit, too.
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.