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These Are the Best Spring 2019 Art Films You Must See

For those whom the blockbuster doesn’t pass muster, check out our wined and refined spring movie recommendations. Charlie Says The title of Charlie Says is more ominous than...

Cinema’s “El Angel”: Argentina’s Anti-Hero You Can’t Help But Love

One of the more original and etherial character portraits you’re likely to see this year, El Angel tells the short, violent and liberating story of Carlitos, a 17-year-old in...

Spring Movie Recommendations for LGBTQ Tastes

One teenager turns against another after a fleeting homosexual encounter; a great author revels in her lost-to-history lesbian romance; and a hustler lavishes affection on others...

Zombie Movie Meets Musical in the Darkly Clever “Anna and the Apocalypse”

A lot of audiences missed this bit of weird holiday whimsy. But now it’s available on several streaming services. Once niche, but now mainstream, zombie films hold a special...

“Cold War”: Sumptuous Screen Visuals Depict a World War II Romance

Love is often called a battlefield, but it can also be a very long and quiet war. So it is in director Pawel Pawlikowski’s most recent film, Cold War, which follows his Oscar...

“Ghostbox Cowboy”: A Scam You’ll Want to Fall For Comes to Video

A film as strange and inexplicable as its title: Texan Jimmy Van Horn (David Zellner) is something of a loser, so he bids farewell to America and heads to the booming city of...

See an Unflinching Look at War Through a Filmmaker’s Eyes in “Never Look Away”

This film is well named, because it’s just over three hours long — yet I never looked once at the clock. That’s a testament to the strong storytelling of writer/director...

A Shameful Secret Returns to Haunt Arizona in “Bisbee ’17”

The town of Bisbee, Arizona is haunted. Author Colin Dickey describes it well in his book, Ghostland: “Cities that are haunted … seem to straddle past and present as...

“1985”: An AIDS Victim Returns Home For One Last Goodbye

This flashback to the ‘80s is an earnest tale of a closeted man coming home for Christmas during the height of the AIDS crisis. Adrian (Cory Michael Smith – Gotham)...

“Capernaum” Is a Best Foreign Language Oscar Nominee You Must See

Capernaum, nominated for a 2019 Best Foreign Language Oscar, is a surprisingly magical film – considering it revolves around abandoned children. What does Capernaum mean?...

2019 Oscar Predictions from an LGBTQ Perspective

LGBTQ film critic Jonathan Roche predicts that, while there are many ‘prestige’ films in the running, this may be a year for popular films. Best picture COULD WIN: It’s a La...

“Sorry Angel”: Star-Crossed Lovers Meet in a Gay French Romance

Unusual, offbeat, but often right on the money about gay romance in the ‘90s, Sorry Angel could be a love story or an anti-love story (if there is truly such a thing). It’s...