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“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...

“The Children Act”: Emma Thompson at the Peak of Her Craft

Prepare to fall in love with Emma Thompson all over again in this emotional and complex story about a woman charged with making life and death decisions. Fiona (Thompson) is a...

“The Happy Prince:” Rupert Everett Goes Wilde on Screen

After portraying Oscar Wilde, in David Hare’s The Judas Kiss on the stage two year ago, Rupert Everett returns to again play the iconic gay writer and legendary wit, this time...

Will Oscar Voters Consider “The Favourite” One of 2018’s Best?

Does love have its limits? And should it? In The Favourite, two cousins (Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone) play a dangerous game of love and power with an 18th-century English queen...

“Ben is Back”: Lucas Hedges’ Troubled Teen Returns; Julia Roberts Stars

You could think of this film as “Lucas Hedges is back,” because suddenly this actor seems to be everywhere; fortunately it’s not hard to see why. From the moment Ben’s...

Could “Hereditary” Be a Horror Movie Worth of Oscar Consideration?

We consider whether Hereditary, a chilling film about a family’s dark present and even darker past, could merit consideration when awards season rolls around? But be warned...

“Assassination Nation” is a Hipster’s Cinematic Witch Hunt

Set in Salem, Massachusetts this film chronicles a fun but bloody witch hunt fit for our social-media obsessed culture. The would-be witches are four teenage girls — Lily, Bex,...

Cary Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal Set the Screen Ablaze in “Wildlife”

Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this meditative tale of a teenage boy witnessing his parents’ turbulent struggles with each other and themselves in 1960s small-town...

“Colette:” Keira Knightly On Film As You’ve Never Seen Her Before

Colette (Keira Knightley, in what may be one of her greatest roles yet) is a clever country girl in France at the end of the 19th century. She’s marries a charming older man...