Director: Mark Waters
Writers: Richelle Mead (novel), Daniel Waters (screenplay)
Stars: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky
The trailer (and director Mark Waters) would have you believe that this is a cruel high school comedy in the vein of “Mean Girls,” but it’s the combo of “Twilight’ and Harry Potter with liberal helpings of teenage crushes and bloodsucker battles. It revolves around 2 best friends (one a vampire and one her protector) who face all manner of challenges at the special school for their kind. All 3 of the funny lines are in the trailer. The rest is a mediocre blend of romance, magic and mystery. It never drags, but doesn’t soar either. Young female fans of the book might enjoy it.
GAY ANGLE: Lots of cute boys in mostly chaste situations.
The Lego Movie
Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Writers: Dan Hageman (story), Kevin Hageman (story)
Stars: Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Berry
The popular building block toy has its own world in this typical animated adventure: an ordinary Lego figure ends up in a quest to save the world from an evil tyrant. There’s a liberal sprinkling of in jokes and snappy grown-up references. The visual style is cluttered, none of the characters are particularly memorable and the many chases are lively but unfocused. The pacing starts to lag near the end. Still, the sometimes creative visuals and overall energetic approach should please eager young viewers, giving fans of the form plenty to play with.
GAY ANGLE: There’s has no sex appeal in leading man Chris Pine’s voice.
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.