Director: Shawn Levy
Writers: Jonathan Tropper (screenplay), Jonathan Tropper (novel)
Stars: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda
Four grown siblings (Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll) come home for their father’s funeral and spend a week dealing with each other and their unhappy lives. The mood alternates between genuinely snappy comedy and “lite” drama. This delightful ensemble deftly manages both, providing lots of laughter, as well as heartfelt moments of tenderness. A dysfunctional family comedy with nimble intelligence and sweet charm.
GAY ANGLE: Dax Shepard gets a fleeting nude moment, but Adam Driver only sports a wet shirt. Meanwhile, look for the somewhat obvious surprise.
The Maze Runner
Director: Wes Ball
Writers: Noah Oppenheim (screenplay), Grant Pierce Myers (screenplay)
Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter
Yet another YA bestseller comes to the screen. This time the dystopia is a “glade” inhabited by adolescent boys and surrounded by a massive labyrinth. As is typical with this genre, the new boy (Dylan O’Brien) arrives, challenges the traditional thinking and ventures more deeply into the maze’s mysteries. There’s a bit of action, but mostly paranoia and confusion, as discussed often and intensely by the young cast. The premise does set up an intriguing scenario, but the end merely serves as a teaser for the sequel.
GAY ANGLE: Disappointing (and unrealistic) to see such large group of adolescent boys with not one inkling of homoeroticism.
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.