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  The Pearl of Africa Directed by André Wallström and Jonny von Wallström Rough Studios       Set in Uganda, this is a quiet docudrama that seems to struggle at times to fill its ninety minutes. Its title is drawn from Winston Churchill’s 1909 memoir My African Journey, in which he praised Uganda’s natural beauty, […]

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Can This Marriage Be Saved?

THE STORYLINE of The Intervention relies upon a simple set-up. A group of four couples who are friends convene at an idyllic mansion for a weekend away. The purpose of the weekend is to confront the group’s long-married couple, Peter and Ruby, about their abusive marriage. It might at first appear to be a run-of-the-mill situation comedy, complete with a lesbian couple for something a bit hip; but there’s more to this film than first meets the eye.

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Talk Like a Man

Jenkins’ film is a triptych, telling the story of the protagonist through three distinct stages from late childhood to young adulthood. This film’s episodic structure harks back to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (2014).

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The Afterlife of a 1950s Sex Symbol

Tab Hunter Confidential tells a story of social significance and perseverance; it supplements the memoir of a decade ago. The film allows Hunter the last word in his own story

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Years of Transition

THIS 2016 DOCUMENTARY recounts four years—from late adolescence to young adulthood—in the life of Bennett (né Rachael) Wallace. Real Boy is an enthralling, intimate, and poignant film, and it is a pleasure to watch. Director Shaleece Haas, who tirelessly followed Bennett on his literal and figurative journey, slept on floors, hung out at music clubs, and accompanied him on road trips, capturing 200 hours of footage.

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The Tolkien in Bilbo Baggins

Tolkien injects sexual passion into The Hobbit when Bilbo meets the dwarves, led by the gruff, charismatic Thorin Oakenshield. Thorin instructs the dwarves to bring out their musical instruments and …

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Barbara Hammer Reflects on a Life of Filmmaking

  LESBIAN FILMMAKER and video artist Barbara Hammer, now in her early seventies, has been exploding long-held myths about both gender and the art of filmmaking since the 1970’s. Her portrayals of lesbian sex, menstruation, female orgasm, and the full range of human sexuality have propelled her into the forefront of radical lesbian filmmaking and […]

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Short Reviews

  Gay American Novels, 1870-–1970: A Reader’s Guide by Drewey Wayne Gunn McFarland. 200 pages, $39.95   What differentiates Gay American Novels from so many other compendia of long-forgotten novels that have been published over the past couple of decades? Author Drewey Wayne Gunn says that 75 of the 257 books profiled have not appeared in […]

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Australian Rules Were Made to Be Broken

    Holding the Man Directed by Neil Armfield Screen Australia, et al.   WHILE Australian movies have pursued gay themes before, few until recently have dared to go much beyond hyperbole or homoeroticism. That changed last year with the release of Holding The Man—recently released in the U.S.—with its unapologetic portrayal of a true […]

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The Light of Day

Review of Packed in a Trunk documentary about Edith Lake Wilkinson

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