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Maggie’s Strange Bedfellows 

Maggie’s Strange Bedfellows 

BY GARY M. KRAMER | A feel-good film, “Pride” chronicles the efforts of an LBGT group to raise money to support striking Welsh miners in 1984. This rousing period drama, based on a true story, shows the power of activism and how the LGBT community found common cause with another marginalized group in Margaret Thatcher’s Britain. […]

Talking Through Grief

Talking Through Grief

BY GARY M. KRAMER | “Lilting,” from out gay screenwriter and director Hong Khaou, is a subtle and moving chamber drama about the communication gap between Richard (Ben Whishaw) and Junn (Cheng Pei Pei). Both are mourning the loss of Kai (Andrew Leung), Junn’s son and — unbeknownst to his mother — Richard’s lover. Richard […]

Mirroring, But Also Magnifying 

Mirroring, But Also Magnifying 

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Now in its 52nd year, the New York Film Festival faces a delicate balancing act between its role as a source for premieres of Hollywood’s Oscar-bound prestige films –– this year, that includes David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice,” both respectable choices judging from their directors –– and […]

Return of the Native 

Return of the Native 

BY DAVID NOH | I am in back in my homeland, Hawaii, for my annual sojourn and, as usual, reveling in the sun, sea, and succulents of all kinds to be found here. As a celebrity who shall remain nameless with whom I have a kind of “Same Time Next Year” relationship here said, “The ideal […]

Glimmerglass Scores Solidly 

Glimmerglass Scores Solidly 

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | Artistic and general director Francesca Zambello and managing director Linda Jackson crafted a Glimmerglass season of operas unified by both thematic plot links — women abandoned by men — and a performance history trope of being revised versions of originals. Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” and Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” got played in their […]

Art Isn’t Easy 

Art Isn’t Easy 

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | You don’t have to be versed in the idiosyncratic and deconstructive whimsy that informed the early Off-Off Broadway movement to fall for “Red Eye of Love.” It can be enjoyed pretty much on its own as a satire on the level of “Dames at Sea” or “The Boyfriend.” The 1961 play by […]

Disco Heat

Disco Heat

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | When I first heard about “Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical,” the jukebox bio-musical debuting Off Broadway at the Theater at St. Clements, I wondered how the songs could possibly stand up to the original. Hailed as “The Queen of Disco” in the late 1970s, the gender-bending Sylvester broke through with […]

Raucous Realness

Raucous Realness

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | The boisterous and raunchy “Bootycandy,” Robert O’Hara’s latest work now at Playwrights Horizons, registers less as a fully formed play and more like a live sketch comedy show — think “In Living Color” (minus the Fly Girls) as presented by HBO. Even O’Hara admitted the satiric portrait of sexual awakening and […]

Grandeur in Tapei’s Underbelly

Grandeur in Tapei’s Underbelly

BY STEVE ERICKSON | What to make of a film that ends on a note of stillness so deep and serene that it comes closer to photography than what we usually expect of cinema! Taiwanese out gay director Tsai Ming-liang’s “Stray Dogs” has a monumental quality that demands to be seen on the biggest screen […]

Friendship and Betrayal

Friendship and Betrayal

BY STEVE ERICKSON | The Green Prince,” a documentary by Israeli director Nadav Schirman, is bound to get sold as a heartwarming tale of Israeli-Palestinian friendship. Nevertheless, its depiction of the close relationship between Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas’ founder, and Gonen Ben Yitzhak, an agent in Israel’s security agency Shin Bet, pivots […]

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