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'Knock at the Cabin' - M. Night Shyamalan's gay-inclusive apocalyptic thriller

'Knock at the Cabin' - M. Night Shyamalan's gay-inclusive apocalyptic thriller

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 7, 2023

You have to wonder about writer/director M. Night Shyamalan going after the gay audience with 'Knock at the Cabin.' Jonathan Groff and Ben Aldridge play adoptive parents whose family is threatened by a quartet of invaders.

Streaking through history: New Yorker article tells of Robert Opel

Streaking through history: New Yorker article tells of Robert Opel

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 6, 2023

Robert Opel, the famed "Oscar streaker," was also a gay gallery owner, nudism activist, and freelance photographer whose life and death are the subject of an expansive essay by Michael Schulman in the February 6 issue of The New Yorker magazine.

IndieFest returns to the Roxie with LGBTQ cinematic selections

IndieFest returns to the Roxie with LGBTQ cinematic selections

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jan 31, 2023

SF IndieFest provides alternatives you won't find at the multiplex or popular streaming services. The 25th annual festival will be presented at the Roxie Theater from February 2 to 9, and online through virtual cinema from February 2 to February 12.

'Women Talking,' a harrowing yet exhilarating drama

'Women Talking,' a harrowing yet exhilarating drama

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jan 17, 2023

Despite its dark themes, "Women Talking," about abuse in an isolated Mennonite community, while not a consistently riveting movie, ultimately becomes exhilarating thanks to an incomparable once-in-a-generation cast.

'I Wanna Dance with Somebody' - Whitney Houston biopic's ups and downs

'I Wanna Dance with Somebody' - Whitney Houston biopic's ups and downs

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Jan 3, 2023

"I Wanna Dance with Somebody" strives to be a triumphant celebration of the very special person that was Whitney Houston. So many things about the film are wonderful, including a magnificent all-star cast, but ultimately it does not deliver.

'Living' - embracing life to its fullest

'Living' - embracing life to its fullest

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jan 3, 2023

With 'Living,' gay director Oliver Hermanus and screenwriter Nobel Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro have met the challenge of creating an English version of Akira Kurosawa's "Ikiru."

Best LGBTQ films of 2022

Best LGBTQ films of 2022

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 27, 2022

2022 will be remembered as the year LGBTQ films went mainstream, meaning Hollywood studios were willing to make and market them at cineplexes. Unfortunately they were box office failures, especially "Bros," despite massive publicity and good press.

Presents and presence: The Lavender Tube on holiday treats and 2022's best in shows

Presents and presence: The Lavender Tube on holiday treats and 2022's best in shows

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Dec 27, 2022

We love the holidays, so in addition to eight days of Chanukah, we have 12 days of Christmas, which means there's plenty of time left to watch some queer Christmas movies and make the Yuletide gay, right?

'The Whale' - Brendan Fraser's brilliant queer comeback

'The Whale' - Brendan Fraser's brilliant queer comeback

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 13, 2022

Brendan Fraser's Charlie in Darren Aronofsky's "The Whale" may not only be the year's best performance by a male actor, but may later be judged as one of the decade's top master classes in acting.

'The Fabelmans' - Spielberg's intimate family tale

'The Fabelmans' - Spielberg's intimate family tale

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 13, 2022

In Steven Spielberg's 'The Fabelmans,' as young Sammy begins developing his skills behind the camera, it's a fascinating depiction of the way a person can become consumed by becoming a craftsperson.

'Spoiler Alert' - Jim Parsons and Ben Aldridge on their gay 'Love Story'

'Spoiler Alert' - Jim Parsons and Ben Aldridge on their gay 'Love Story'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 6, 2022

"Spoiler Alert," based on Michael Ausiello's 2017 memoir, concerns his 14-year love affair with his photographer partner, Kit Cowan, who died of a rare cancer in 2015. Actors Jim Parsons and Ben Aldridge discussed their roles in the film.

'The Inspection' - Elegance Bratton's gay military drama

'The Inspection' - Elegance Bratton's gay military drama

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Nov 29, 2022

In "The Inspection," gay writer and director Elegance Bratton's fictionalized reminiscence of his entry into the Marines, tells of his surviving the near-death trauma known as Boot Camp.

'Flaming Ears' - dystopian pop sci-fi lesbian extravaganza

'Flaming Ears' - dystopian pop sci-fi lesbian extravaganza

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Nov 27, 2022

Filmed in Austria in 1991, "Flaming Ears" is truly an underground film. Highly acclaimed for its endlessly disruptive narrative —almost to the point of rendering it incomprehensible.

Trans-Pacific Māhū Ancestors: Reclaiming Hawaiian Trans Identities/Spirits

Trans-Pacific Māhū Ancestors: Reclaiming Hawaiian Trans Identities/Spirits

  • by Michael Yamashita | NewsIsOut.com
  • Nov 24, 2022

On the island of O'ahu, a short walk from the historic gay bar Hula's Bar & Lei Stand and touristy gay Kuhio Beach Park, a locus of healing and pilgrimage has been re-remembered on Waikīkī Beach through a reclaimed legend of transgender healing spirits.