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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 […]

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 […]

London Theater Shines in Houses Big and Wee

London Theater Shines in Houses Big and Wee

BY ANDY HUMM | The real drama in the now tenuously-United Kingdom this past week has been the build-up to the momentous Scots’ vote on September 18 about whether to become an independent nation again, a contest in which new polls say independence has a chance for the first time –– an outcome that would […]

Let Your Sex Flag Fly

Let Your Sex Flag Fly

BY GARY M. KRAMER | In the cheeky sex romp “Wetlands,” Helen (Carla Juri, in a star-making performance), claims, “If you think penises, sperm, and other bodily fluids are gross, you should just forget about sex altogether.” She licks seminal fluid — “sex-souvenir chewing gum,” she calls it — from her fingers, and then tests […]

Trusting Youth to Tell Us Their Troubles

Trusting Youth to Tell Us Their Troubles

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Critic/ filmmaker Robert Greene recently attacked reviewers for their blindness to subtleties of form — particularly in the way faces were filmed — in the recent Afghanistan War documentary “The Kill List.” It would be difficult to ignore the choices Mexican director Nuria Ibañez has made in framing her subjects — […]

The Complicated Business of Intimacy

The Complicated Business of Intimacy

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Love Is Strange,” a thoughtful, wistful film from director and co-writer Ira Sachs, concerns a couple — George (Alfred Molina) and Ben (John Lithgow) — who have been together 39 years. The men marry in the opening moments, but spend most of the rest of the film apart. When the […]

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