Director: James Marsh
Writers: Anthony McCarten (screenplay), Jane Hawking (book)
Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior
Eddie Redmayne always has a captivating screen presence, characterized by that sparkle in his eye and his expressive mouth. Those traits still reveal themselves in his remarkable portrayal of Stephen Hawking. The film starts when he was a promising Cambridge student, where he meets the woman who became his wife (Felicity Jones, who’s also wonderful). Even though he was diagnosed with ALS at age 21, they continued their relationship, as he went on to become the famous physicist. Throughout the dramatic challenges of their life, the screenplay manages to inject humor and hope. Redmayne transforms himself into an Oscar-worthy performance and the film tells Hawking’s story with warmth and honor.
GAY ANGLE: Even as the illness contorts his body, Redmayne is still so cute.
Horrible Bosses 2
Director: Sean Anders
Writers: Sean Anders (screenplay), John Morris (screenplay), 5 more credits »
Stars: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day
Charlie Day, Jason Bateman and Jason Sudeikis are back to launch their own business. When they get screwed (by Christoph Waltz), they hatch a plan to kidnap his son (Chris Pine). The leading trio still has great comic chemistry and their non-stop banter provides most of the laughs. Jennifer Aniston provides some outrageous moments and Jamie Foxx gets in a few, but the plot and supporting roles take a back seat to the quick-witted leads. It feels like an opportunity for them to go on an extended improvisation, but the brisk pacing keeps it from ever feeling self-indulgent.
GAY ANGLE: No gay slurs by the bad guys (like last time), but one of the leads does have a gay “moment.”
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.