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Uncle Howard

    Uncle Howard, a documentary created and directed by Aaron Brookner, opens today in New York. It’s an intertwining tale of past and present, the story of filmmaker Howard Brookner — whose work captured the cultural changes of the late 1970s and early ’80s — and his nephew’s personal journey 25 years later as he sets out to […]

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Lesbian Love in the ’70s in a New French Film

IN SUMMERTIME (La belle saison), screenwriter–director Catherine Corsini takes us to the halcyon days of early 1970s French feminism, when a small action cell of women meets to plot high-spirited “zaps” and to leaflet public streets and monuments. Into their midst she places an innocent young woman from the provinces. Solid but open-faced, Delphine (Izïa […]

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When Life Imitates a Movie Crush

I WAS A LATE TEENAGER in 1977 when I saw the not-much-older Robby Benson star in the newly released One on One. I bought a ticket to the 2:10 showing at the Varsity Theater in downtown Evanston, Illinois, and when the film ended at 3:48, I stayed on in my seat for the 4:10 showing, […]

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New Movie Takes You Inside Larry Kramer’s World

LAST YEAR, HBO aired the movie version of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, the autobiographical play that he wrote in 1985, a fictionalized account of how he came to found the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in response to the AIDS epidemic—Kramer insists on the word “plague”—only to be expelled from the organization a few years later […]

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A Gay Night at the Oscars

BY MONDAY NIGHT, the details of the best and worst Oscar gowns will have been picked clean like so many chicken bones. But Lupita Nyong’o certainly made a statement with a Calvin Klein gown assembled from 6,000 pearls. The ABC Red Carpet coverage went off mostly without incident under the auspices of Robin Roberts. Still, […]

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Enter to Win a FREE Copy of LOOKING: Season 1

There’s more out there in the all new season of the hit HBO series LOOKING starring Jonathan Groff and Frankie J. Alvarez. Check out the review in the May-June 2014 Issue. LOOKING focuses on current gay life in the Bay Area and on themes that everyone, gay and straight, can relate to: falling in love, finding professional fulfillment, […]

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Pride (the movie) Marries the Personal and the Political

EARLY ON IN PRIDE, after the leader of a ragtag group of London gay activists has proposed that they raise money for the striking coal miners—the year is 1984—one member protests: “Yeah, like they’ve done so much for us.” In the end, persuaded by their charismatic leader Mark, they decide to go ahead with the […]

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Lilting Offers a Vision of Cultures in Collision

ANGLO-CAMBODIAN DIRECTOR Hong Khaou’s drama Lilting certainly has elements to draw both a GLBT crowd and that dying demographic: “art film” connoisseurs. While set in London, the dialogue is in Mandarin and English; barriers of both language and culture are at the heart of its story.          A Cambodian-Chinese émigré, Junn, who has successfully raised […]

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Simone de Beauvoir Comes Alive with Violette

Violette. A film by Martin Provost  YOU HAVE TO HAND IT to the French for making a biopic about a writer known in the U.S., if at all, only in academic and feminist circles. Violette is an examination of the ravaged emotional and romantic life of a deeply personal writer who found her greatest supporter in […]

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Yves Saint Laurent’s Genius Is Captured in a New Biopic

Yves Saint Laurent Directed by Jalil Lespert   ONE OF THE PITFALLS of the biopic is the lead actor’s temptation to do a full-throttle imitation of the person whose life story is being told. Unless you’re Meryl Streep channeling Margaret Thatcher or Julia Child, or Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf, the results can seem like bad parody. […]

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