Film Review: Body Cam ★★1/2

The real life horror of young African American men being killed without any justice is given a supernatural twist in director Malik Vitthal’s effective if uneven cop thriller. Oscar-nominee Mary J. Blige stars as dedicated LA patrol officer Renee Lomito-Smith. Still grieving for the death of son, we join Renee on her first day back... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Cowboys ★★★★

Due to world premiere at last month’s Tribeca, Anna Kerrigan’s contemporary western Cowboys went on to win two jury awards in the festival's U.S. narrative competition, with Steve Zahn taking best actor and Kerrigan winning for her screenplay. As the film opens we take in some breathtaking vistas of rural Montana, beautifully captured by cinematographer John... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Fairytale/Favola ★★★1/2

If you’re looking for a queer film that’ll totally take your mind off the modern world, we may have found the perfect one: Sebastiano Mauri’s Fairytale (Favola). This Italian surreal comedy, starring Filippo Timi based on his stage play, throws you into a skewed vision of 1950s America as Mrs Fairytale plays the perfect (and... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Crisis Hotline ★★1/2

Director Mark Schwab's LGBTQ thriller Crisis Hotline (now streaming on Amazon Prime) tells the story of Simon (Corey Jackson), a man new to his job at the titular location. He expected to be talking people through the worst times of their lives, but after a week on the phones, he's bored because for the most... Continue Reading →

The Queer Rearview: Life Like ★

Life Like is what you get when you take a sexy, sci-fi, erotic thriller and remove the thrills and most of the sex and dumb down the sci-fi. What plods along for most of the 90min running time is a muted exploration of humanity before it completely loses the plot with an utterly ridiculous twist... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Cubby ★★1/2

Mark Blane's semi-autobiographical New York fantasia Cubby toured film festivals this summer, playing at events like OutFest in LA, Frameline in San Francisco, New York's NewFest and Reeling Film Festival in Chicago, among others. It's a film that seems tailor-made for festivals -- quirky, strange, shot on 16mm film, a bit clunky, with subject matter that was never... Continue Reading →

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