Tag Archive: LGBT Cinema

Atomic Blonde

BBB.5 (out of 5) A British superspy (Charlize Theron) is sent to divided Berlin on the eve of the wall coming down, charged with recovering that age-old (and quite frankly worn out) MacGuffin… Continue reading

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Norman…Is That You?

BB.5 (out of 5) Redd Foxx leaves Tucson and shows up at his son’s Los Angeles apartment unannounced, shocked by what he finds: a man in his boy’s bed!  Grappling with the news that… Continue reading

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Like You Mean It

BB.5 (out of 5) Philipp Karner, who also writes and directs, plays a struggling actor in Los Angeles whose stressful professional life is weighing heavily on his private one.  He has been with… Continue reading

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Rough Night

B (out of 5) All the elements should combine into something that works and yet very little in this comedy does.  Take the common plot of a Boys Will Be Boys indulgence (bachelor… Continue reading

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Wasp (2015)

BB (out of 5) Olivier and James are going on for a minibreak to Olivier’s summer home in the south of France and have brought along a last minute addition: James ran into… Continue reading

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The Surface

BB (out of 5) Evan is finishing school and living with his boyfriend and, judging by the waifish manner with which he carries himself in every situation, is uncertain of his goals or… Continue reading

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A Very Sordid Wedding

BBB (out of 5) Del Shores has been treating audiences to the lives and loves of his quirky, campy characters for so long that he has their details down pat , and this… Continue reading

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Center of My World (Die Mitte der Welt)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Phil has been raised in the German countryside since his mother (whom he calls “Glass”) gave birth to him and his twin sister after running away from their father in America.… Continue reading

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Handsome Devil

BBB (out of 5) With his father and stepmother living in Dubai, Ned has been left behind to attend a posh boarding school in his native Ireland and couldn’t possibly be more miserable:… Continue reading

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I Dream In Another Language (Sueno en Otro Idioma)

BBBB (out of 5) A mesmerizing experience that casts a spell from its opening shot.   Martin, a Mexico City university student studying linguistics, heads to a rural village looking to speak to the last two living… Continue reading

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Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures

BBB.5 (out of 5) This film is reviewed at Magenta Magazine.  Click here to be redirected. Film Manufacturers, HBO Documentary Films, World of Wonder Productions USA/Germany, 2016 Directed by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato Cinematography… Continue reading

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People You May Know

BB.5 (out of 5) Four friends are tossed around by life’s uncertainties in this comedy-drama that never finds its footing.  Joe is obsessed with a man he met online but has never seen in person,… Continue reading

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Lazy Eye

BBB (out of 5) A graphic artist who designs posters for Hollywood movies reaches the limits of patience when a client orders that he redo a project.  Having just learned from his eye doctor that he… Continue reading

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All The Others Were Practice

0 (out of 5) Jorge works a dull office job and spends most of his time gossiping with his lonely best friend.  He tries to navigate the world of dating men, while she… Continue reading

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I Am Not Your Negro

BBBBB (out of 5) Celebrated author and civil rights activist James Baldwin worked on a book meant to cover the lives and deaths of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.,… Continue reading

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Chicks Dig Gay Guys

0 (out of 5) Tired of striking out with girls at clubs, Scooter overhears a group of pretty ladies chatting with their gay friend and realizes the foolproof way for getting close with the ladies.  He… Continue reading

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Other People

BBBB (out of 5) Aspiring television writer Jesse Plemons has returned home to be with his mother (Molly Shannon) for what will turn out to be the last year of her life after she has… Continue reading

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King Cobra

BBBB (out of 5) Handsome young Sean Paul Lockhart (Garrett Clayton) shows up at the house of an independent porn producer (Christian Slater) and after filming a few scenes very quickly becomes an internet sensation.  Slater quickly… Continue reading

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X Y & Zee (Zee And Co.)

BBB (out of 5) Trash should always be this fun. Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Caine have no end of fun camping it up in this melodrama, in which they play a married couple who have their… Continue reading

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Make The Yuletide Gay

B (out of 5) Olaf isn’t looking forward to leaving his college boyfriend Nathan and going home for the holidays as his wacky midwest family is still trying to set him up with the girl next… Continue reading

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Moonlight

BBBB (out of 5) The three act structure of standard film storytelling is finely and formally divided into three stages in the development of a man’s life.  His unhappy childhood with a mother… Continue reading

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Of Time And The City

BBBB (out of 5) Terence Davies’ fictional films have often had a deep, resonant preoccupation with his beloved birthplace of Liverpool and the post-war era that he witnessed in his childhood. Coming after… Continue reading

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Staircase

BB (out of 5) Richard Burton and Rex Harrison have been living together for over twenty years, running a barbershop downstairs and bickering constantly upstairs, with Burton taking care of his aging and infirm… Continue reading

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The Lady In The Van

BBBB (out of 5) Having newly found his footing as a playwright on the London stage, Alan Bennett (portrayed with effortless delight by Alex Jennings) moves into a fashionable house in Camden and immediately… Continue reading

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The Men Next Door

0.5 (out of 5) Ridiculous exercise in sexual fantasy masquerading poorly as comedy considering it is never funny or insightful. Doug lives alone and is distraught when the dinner party he throws for… Continue reading

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Carol

BBBBB (out of 5) A department store clerk (Rooney Mara) catches the eye of a beautiful, wealthy housewife (Cate Blanchett), which leads very quickly to lunches together and, before long, evenings in front of the… Continue reading

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The Club (El Club)

BBB.5 (out of 5) In a tiny oceanside town  in Chile, a group of defrocked priests and one former nun live in a halfway house of sorts, supported by the Catholic church who… Continue reading

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Out To Kill

B (out of 5) A private investigator moves into an apartment complex predominantly habituated by gay men, told by the middle-aged couple who posit themselves as the social centre of the place that… Continue reading

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The Imitation Game

BBBBB (out of 5) A police officer in 1950s London investigates the robbery of the laboratory of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), who is not dismayed at the event and insists that nothing has… Continue reading

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Nymphomaniac: Vol. II

BBB.5 (out of 5) Warning, this review contains spoilers for Volume I.  Picking up her tale where it left off at the end of the first chapter, with Charlotte Gainsbourg‘s modern-day Moll Flanders… Continue reading

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Polyester

BB (out of 5) Divine is hilarious as a prim 1950s suburban housewife whose world falls apart when her porn-theatre owning husband (fifties heartthrob Tab Hunter) admits to having an affair with his secretary,… Continue reading

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

BBBB (out of 5) There couldn’t possibly be a better way to spend Hallowe’en, or the odd Saturday night for that matter, or any night come to think of it, than cramming into… Continue reading

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Myra Breckenridge

BB (out of 5) Based on the popular, scandalous book by Gore Vidal, this film was disowned by the author the moment he saw it. Future film critic Rex Reed  stars as a… Continue reading

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Philomena

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Judi Dench scores another home run as Philomena Lee, the truth-life tragedy documented by Martin Sixsmith in a book published in 2009.  Lee was a pregnant teen in the… Continue reading

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Saturn In Opposition (Saturno Contro)

BB (out of 5) Ferzan Ozpetek makes another melancholy film about life and friendship, though this time he forgets to include much of a story. A group of close friends are enjoying one… Continue reading

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Running With Scissors

BBBB (out of 5) The Addamses are Kooky, the Tenenbaums are Quirky, but these people are just plain Fucked Up. Augusten Burroughs’ heartbreaking memoir has been turned into a savagely funny and heartrending… Continue reading

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Madonna: Truth Or Dare

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This fascinating documentary takes you behind the scenes of pop icon Madonna‘s 1990 Blond Ambition tour:  her dancers are interviewed, her family is examined, and the icon herself does… Continue reading

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Amor De Hombre

BBB (out of 5) Adorable romantic comedy that examines a year in the life, from birthday to birthday, of a lonely single woman whose friends are all gay men. While she looks for… Continue reading

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Kissing Jessica Stein

BBBB (out of 5) Art gallery manager Helen (Heather Juergensen) decides that she’s tired of the run-of-the-mill boyfriends she’s been seeing and puts out an ad to cross the last frontier of sexuality… Continue reading

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Factory Girl

BBB.5 (out of 5) God, I miss the good old days when I could sip a cocktail, snort cocaine, get a blowjob, discuss Proust with a beatnik and swap lipsticks with the latest… Continue reading

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Were The World Mine

BBB.5 (out of 5) A lonely gay teenager at an all-boys’ prep school is encouraged by his enchanting English teacher to audition for their annual theatrical production and lands the role of Puck… Continue reading

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Best In Show

BBBB (out of 5) Christopher Guest outdoes his Waiting For Guffman with this absolutely hysterical film about dog competitions and the people who compete in them with their pets. A perfect cast, from Parker… Continue reading

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I Am Love (Io Sono L’Amore)

BBBB (out of 5) Socialist propaganda is rarely this fun. Tilda Swinton is stunning as a Russian émigré living in Milan as the wife of an aristocratically wealthy fashion house. Her husband and son… Continue reading

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The Deep End Of The Ocean

BB.5 (out of 5) Based on the bestseller (and Oprah Book the Month selection) by Jacquelyn Mitchard, this film is so adequate and appropriate in all the right spots that some audience members… Continue reading

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Zero Patience

BBB.5 (out of 5) To hear someone say that they just saw a great musical comedy about AIDS might sound like the rock bottom of taste, but this adorable Canadian film is actually… Continue reading

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Uncut

0 (out of 5) Up there with the worst films ever made. It’s a little piece of junk that inanely links together the topics of circumcision, copyright infringement and Pierre Trudeau’s fame, and… Continue reading

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Proteus

BBB.5 (out of 5) A black South African cattle herder named Claas Blank (Rouxnet Brown) in 1785 tries to take back livestock that was seized by white settlers. For this, he is sentenced… Continue reading

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Hey Happy

B (out of 5) Attempts to recreate the attitudes of John Waters and the visuals of Michelangelo Antonioni fail miserably in this uninteresting comedy-drama. A wheatfield DJ (?) has set himself a goal… Continue reading

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A Single Man

BBB.5 (out of 5) Tom Ford, the fashion world’s Princess Diana, decides to go entry level in a new medium and chooses film, directing and adapting a screen translation of a Christopher Isherwood… Continue reading

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