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Margaret Cho: comic actress on her TV/film triple play

Margaret Cho: comic actress on her TV/film triple play

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 17, 2022

Could there be an Emmy Award in Margaret Cho's future? In Hulu's "Fire Island," as well as on HBO Max's "The Flight Attendant," Cho's uncharacteristic restraint gives her queer characters, an admirable depth and humanity. She's also resumed stand-up gigs.

Welcome to the Muddleverse: 'Dr. Strange' sequel sinks in FX

Welcome to the Muddleverse: 'Dr. Strange' sequel sinks in FX

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 14, 2022

The muddled mess that is "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" piles on an endless array of special effects which, dazzling though they are, function to distract from the fact that there's no there there.

'Port Authority' - Danielle Lessovitz's tales of the gritty

'Port Authority' - Danielle Lessovitz's tales of the gritty

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 10, 2022

Writer/director Danielle Lessovitz's "Port Authority" takes a present-day approach to New York's queer vogue balls and urban life, seen through the eyes of a newbie to the Big Apple.

'7 Days' - Sethi & Soni's trapped-together dramedy

'7 Days' - Sethi & Soni's trapped-together dramedy

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 10, 2022

Co-written by gay life -and creative- partners Roshan Sethi and Karan Soni, "7 Days" brings Rabi and Rita together for a possible arranged marriage, only to have the couple trapped together at the first COVID outbreak.

King of filth: John Water's 'Liarmouth'

King of filth: John Water's 'Liarmouth'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • May 3, 2022

Step aside, Dawn Davenport. There's a new bitch in town and she means business. Her name is Marsha "Liarmouth" Sprinkle, and she dominates all the depravity in filthy filmmaker and bestselling author John Waters' debut novel, "Liarmouth."

Anaïs in Love: French romantic comedy's not so funny

Anaïs in Love: French romantic comedy's not so funny

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 3, 2022

'Anaïs in Love's running joke is that Anaïs is always running late; running to appointments to parties to school to family functions, rarely breaking a sweat. It's one of several overplayed odd moments in this abruptly lesbian-themed film.

'Everything, Everywhere' is almost everything

'Everything, Everywhere' is almost everything

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Apr 26, 2022

Michelle Yeoh stars in the mind-blowing "Everything Everywhere All At Once" a hallucinogenic action-packed multiverse journey involving family drama, coming out, martial arts, piles of receipts, a laundromat, a fanny pack, butt plugs, and a raccoon.

'Firebird's flight: Peeter Rebane and Tom Prior's Russian Cold War love story

'Firebird's flight: Peeter Rebane and Tom Prior's Russian Cold War love story

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Apr 26, 2022

When "Firebird" screened at last year's Frameline Festival in the just re-opened Castro Theatre, it received a deserved standing ovation from the nearly full house. The Russian love story's back and screening locally and internationally.

'We Just Want to Be' @ Spark Arts

'We Just Want to Be' @ Spark Arts

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 26, 2022

On May 6 and 7 the Spark Arts gallery in the Castro will host a pop art show and a staged reading which will serve as a fundraiser for "We Just Want to Be," an upcoming feature-length documentary that will underscore the violence of conversion therapy.

SF Film Festival opening night

SF Film Festival opening night

  • by photos by Steven Underhill
  • Apr 22, 2022

Film fans, film stars, directors and producers gathered for opening night of the 65th annual San Francisco international Film Festival on April 21 at the Castro Theatre for a screening of Jamie Sisley's "Stay Awake," with "This Is Us" star Chrissie Metz.

SF Film fest faves

SF Film fest faves

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Apr 19, 2022

This year's 65th annual San Francisco International Film will return to theaters (Castro, Vogue, Roxie, Victoria, Pacific Film Archive) in person from April 21 to May 1, with several films and events of note to LGBTQ fans.

'Great Freedom' - love in the face of injustice

'Great Freedom' - love in the face of injustice

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Apr 12, 2022

At a time when Ukrainians are being killed and dying for their freedom, Austrian writer/director Sebastian Meise's exquisite film 'Great Freedom' couldn't have arrived in Bay Area theaters at a more opportune time.

'Hypochondriac ' - must-see gay horror film

'Hypochondriac ' - must-see gay horror film

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Apr 12, 2022

'Hypochondriac' is a much anticipated now-released LGBTQ horror film. Written and directed by Addison Heimann, it features a very talented cast starring Zach Villa and Devon Graye.

'Compartment No. 6' - a train journey worth boarding

'Compartment No. 6' - a train journey worth boarding

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Apr 5, 2022

'Compartment No. 6,' screening in Bay Area theaters, has the misfortune of occurring in Russia, but boasts a universal theme of connection and acceptance in a world of chaos and anxiety.