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Tasty freeze: 'Frozen' skates past criticism

Tasty freeze: 'Frozen' skates past criticism

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 22, 2022

Cheerful kids in celebratory seasonal fashions and princess gowns only added to the pre-show sugar rush at Sunday's opening night performance of Disney's "Frozen" road show.

'The People We Hate at the Wedding'

'The People We Hate at the Wedding'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 18, 2022

Based on the novel by gay writer Grant Ginder, the best way to describe the painfully unfunny movie version of "The People We Hate at the Wedding" is to say that it's one of those movies that makes you feel less horrible about your own family.

'Spoiler Alert' screening @ Castro Theatre

'Spoiler Alert' screening @ Castro Theatre

  • by photo by Steven Underhill
  • Nov 15, 2022

The Castro Theatre's Nov. 14 advance screening of the new gay movie "Spoiler Alert," based on the novel by Michael Ausiello, was sponsored by Frameline. Attendees also enjoyed an onstage talk with author Ausiello and actors Jim Parsons and Ben Aldridge.

Tanya Tucker's time: new documentary on Country musician

Tanya Tucker's time: new documentary on Country musician

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 15, 2022

Combining studio footage, along with numerous vintage visual and audio clips, "The Return of Tanya Tucker: featuring Brandi Carlile" paints a compelling portrait of Texas-born and Arizona-raised Tucker as an influential country music artist.

'Blood-Red Ox' - superb performances, senseless script

'Blood-Red Ox' - superb performances, senseless script

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 15, 2022

Rodrigo Bellott's 'Blood-Red Ox' is a strange film. It features extraordinary performances from a superb cast, but the script makes little sense.

Arab Film Festival's diverse LGBTQ stories

Arab Film Festival's diverse LGBTQ stories

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Nov 11, 2022

The 26th edition of the Arab Film Festival will run November 11-20 in-person at the Castro Theatre, Roxie Theater, and Oakland's New Parkway Theater, and online.

'My Policeman' - drab historical film's forbidden affair

'My Policeman' - drab historical film's forbidden affair

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Nov 8, 2022

The first word that comes to mind when we recall watching "My Policeman," the British drama, now available on Amazon Prime Video, is dreary. And by dreary we are referring not only to its execution, but the context that forms the film.

SF Trans Film Festival's 25th

SF Trans Film Festival's 25th

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 8, 2022

It's been 25 years since the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival first came into being. Over the years the festival has grown to become one of the most respected and best-known events in the trans community.

'Breaking Myths' - Brazilian political documentary's queer edge

'Breaking Myths' - Brazilian political documentary's queer edge

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Nov 8, 2022

Queer filmmaker Fernando Grostein Andrade's new film "Breaking Myths: the Fragile and Catastrophic Masculinity of Jair Bolsonaro" is a deep dive into the topic of what politics in Brazil has become since Jair Bolsonaro came to power.

Tár: Cate Blanchett's conductor; genius or monster?

Tár: Cate Blanchett's conductor; genius or monster?

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Nov 1, 2022

"Tár" is an intense and relentless investigation about the fictional orchestral director Lydia Tár (the phenomenal Cate Blanchett) and her downfall. The movie, seemingly centered around music, is really about power.

'Queer for Fear' - new docuseries tells the history of LGBT horror films

'Queer for Fear' - new docuseries tells the history of LGBT horror films

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Oct 25, 2022

As the new docuseries "Queer for Fear: The History of Queer Horror" begins, lesbian icon Lea Delaria points out that horror exists "outside of society," as do queer people. The four-part series can now be seen on Shudder.

'Vampire Cinema: The First One Hundred Years'

'Vampire Cinema: The First One Hundred Years'

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Oct 25, 2022

In his new book "Vampire Cinema: The First One Hundred Years," author and film historian Christopher Frayling recounts a century of blood-sucking cinematic (and small screen) masterpieces and camp classics.

'Please Baby Please' pleases

'Please Baby Please' pleases

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Oct 25, 2022

With an opening that looks like what "West Side Story" might resemble had it been directed by John Waters, Amanda Kramer's campy and thought-provoking, "Please Baby Please" is a sight to behold.

'Hocus Pocus 2' - witchy sequel's fun, but fumbles

'Hocus Pocus 2' - witchy sequel's fun, but fumbles

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Oct 25, 2022

Since the plot is a virtual carbon copy of its 1993 predecessor, "Hocus Pocus 2" could be considered an unimaginative, repackaged remake, with some amusing moments.