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Beat the Heat, Cinematically

Beat the Heat, Cinematically

BY DAVID NOH | The dog days of summer are already here, with wilting heat that makes escaping into an air-cooled moviehouse a highly sensible thing to do. The greatest movie dance team is being celebrated by Film Society of Lincoln Center with a complete retrospective, “Fred and Ginger.” The series kicks off on July […]

Spring Blossoms

Spring Blossoms

BY DAVID NOH | On April 3, the Quad Cinema had a splashy celebration marking its one year anniversary since its big remodelling. If you haven’t been to the venerable movie house, founded in 1972, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. It’s been gleamingly overhauled into a state of the art venue, with an affordable wine […]

A Second Spring

A Second Spring

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Belgian director Bavo Defurne’s sophomore feature, “Souvenir,” is a lush, emotional romance he co-wrote and co-produced with his husband, Yves Verbraeken. At a pâté factory, a lonely older woman, Liliane (Isabelle Huppert), meets Jean (Kévin Azaïs), a boxer. He recognizes her as a runner-up from the European Song Contest, where she […]

Less Than the Sum of Its Parts

Less Than the Sum of Its Parts

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Out gay writer and director François Ozon’s new film “Double Lover” plays with his favorite twinned themes of secret lives and shifting identities. Adapted from the Joyce Carol Oates novel “Lives of the Twins” (which the author wrote under a pseudonym), the film has Chloé (Marine Vacth) seeking help from Paul […]

Uncivil Society

Uncivil Society

BY STEVE ERICKSON | “I wish Ariel Sharon had wiped you all out.” That sentence, initially delivered in anger by a Lebanese Christian man, Tony (Adel Karam), to a Palestinian refugee, Yasser (Kamel El Basha, who is also a director and playwright), gets repeated at least two dozen times in Ziad Doueiri’s film “The Insult.” The hatred […]

Love on the High Seas

Love on the High Seas

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The documentary “Dream Boat,” by out director Tristan Ferland Milew-ski, depicts experiences a handful of men have on a week-long gay cruise in the Mediterranean. This terrific film chronicles several parties, from a fun drag event to a neon-themed one, as well as plenty of skin and sex, including a brief […]

Frankness Without Exploitation

Frankness Without Exploitation

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s “Dina” shows a rare attention to form for a documentary about a couple with Asperger’s Syndrome that could easily have become a pity party. For a 10-minute stretch, it never leaves a bench, although the camera is placed in different set-ups, the time of day changes, and […]