Film

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Enjoy new wonders reminiscent of Harry Potter’s world

When the final book in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series was published, after the initial excitement of reading the final chapter, fans of the boy wizard and Rowling’s magical world created were also a bit distraught: It was the end. The cynic would have said, “Oh, please. There’s way too…

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‘Moonlight’ is a movie that matters

Originally published in LGBT Weekly Moonlight is a triptych about growing up black, gay and poor. When he is nine or 10 he is called Little, he was just that, smaller than all of the other kids his age. They pick on him mercilessly, and he is terrified enough to lock…

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King Cobra

Continuing his long string of occasionally artful, but mostly exploitative gay roles, James Franco has given us King Cobra, the tawdry and dopey story of the porn star and San Diego gay celebrity Brent Corrigan, his Svengali director at Cobra Video, and the dumb-as-dirt couple who murdered the latter. As…

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This dark side of suburbia is somewhat unoriginal

Originally published inLGBT Weekly Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train In novels, I love unreliable narrators. I find the precarity of the truth titillating, even thrilling, especially as I slowly discover that what I’m reading isn’t to be trusted. I become a detective, looking for clues to what…

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SNL’s Chris Kelly makes a remarkable directorial debut

The odd distribution plan for the exceptional Other People says a great deal about how film has changed with the advent of streaming services, especially in regards to independent film. In the past, movies with tiny budgets and niche audiences (especially gay ones) could only be found in art houses…

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The little men steal this show

Originally published inLGBT Weekly Michael Barbieri and Theo Taplitz in Little Men Ira Sachs, the director of the acclaimed gay films Keep the Lights On and Love is Strange, is a subtle filmmaker. There’s nothing flashy in his shots or his dialogue, and he doesn’t push his actors to histrionics;…

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Meryl Streep makes bad look good

Florence Foster Jenkins, who lived from 1868 to 1944, was an eccentric heiress who used her considerable financial resources to stage and promote her musical career. She needed to use her own money because, despite having as a child been somewhat of a piano-playing prodigy, she was a terrible singer,…

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Jason Bourne is back in spectacular style

Originally published inLGBT Weekly Matt Damon in Jason Bourne Aside from making a great deal of money, there was no reason to make another Jason Bourne movie. After three of them – The Bourne Identity, Supremacy, and Ultimatum – the amnesiac assassin that the CIA tried to get rid of…

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This show is as absolutely bonkers as it is fabulous

Originally published inLGBT Weekly Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie In the pantheon of TV series not about gay men that gay men tend to be obsessed with, Absolutely Fabulous is bigger than Designing Women and on a par with The Golden Girls. Almost obscenely popular…

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Ghostbusters

Originally published inLGBT Weekly Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig in Ghostbusters also playing In one of the worst examples of modern panicky emasculation, small-minded men who spend their lives complaining on the Internet had a collective meltdown when it was announced that Ghostbusters would be remade…

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