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    Absorbing New Drama The Cakemaker Connects Food to Love and Coping After Loss

    Absorbing New Drama The Cakemaker Connects Food to Love and Coping After Loss

    By Gary M. Kramer– Out gay writer-director Ofir Raul Graizer’s gentle, absorbing drama, The Cakemaker, opens July 20 at the Landmark Theaters in San Francisco and Berkeley. It begins with…

    Films to Catch During the Last Days of Frameline42

    Films to Catch During the Last Days of Frameline42

    By Gary M. Kramer– There are only a few days of Frameline42 remaining. Here is the lowdown on eight films screening this weekend. Mapplethorpe (June 21, 6:30 pm, Castro) is…

    Seventeen Highlights from the First Week of Frameline 42

    Seventeen Highlights from the First Week of Frameline 42

    By Gary M. Kramer– It’s time once again for the orgy of queer cinema that is Frameline! Running June 14–24, the festival offers viewers more than 100 shorts, features, and…

    Gay Director Makes Auspicious Debut with On Chesil Beach

    Gay Director Makes Auspicious Debut with On Chesil Beach

    By Gary M. Kramer– Out gay filmmaker Dominic Cooke’s directorial debut, On Chesil Beach, is a stunning adaptation of Ian McEwan’s eponymous novel. The story, which is set in 1962,…

    New Engaging STARZ Drama Vida Chronicles the Lives of Three Latinx Women

    New Engaging STARZ Drama Vida Chronicles the Lives of Three Latinx Women

    By Gary M. Kramer– In the fabulous new TV show Vida, debuting May 6 on STARZ, two estranged sisters, the sexpot Lyn (Melissa Barrera) and the uptight Emma (Mishel Prada),…

    Remarkable Documentary About Grace Jones Dazzles

    Remarkable Documentary About Grace Jones Dazzles

    By Gary M. Kramer How does anyone approach the inimitable, indomitable Grace Jones? The singer/actress/model turns 70 this year. She still has those impeccably sculpted legs and cheekbones, that distinctive,…

    Lean on Pete Hits Its Stride as a Road Movie and Bittersweet Drama

    Lean on Pete Hits Its Stride as a Road Movie and Bittersweet Drama

    By Gary M. Kramer– Out gay writer/director Andrew Haigh has created an engaging, sensitive, and moving drama in his adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s novel, Lean on Pete. The film, which…

    About Us: A Bittersweet Gay Romance from Brazil

    About Us: A Bittersweet Gay Romance from Brazil

    By Gary M. Kramer– About Us, now out on DVD, is a sexy, sweet—and bittersweet—romantic drama written, directed by, and starring out gay filmmaker Thiago Cazado. The film depicts the…

    Love, Simon Is a Conventional, Yet Enjoyable, Film About a Closeted Teen Coming Out

    Love, Simon Is a Conventional, Yet Enjoyable, Film About a Closeted Teen Coming Out

    By Gary M. Kramer– There are hundreds of movies featuring gay teenagers, and dozens of films that feature out gay high schoolers. The upbeat romantic comedy-drama, Love, Simon, which opens…

    Ambitious and Uneven Half Magic Is More Important Than Good

    Ambitious and Uneven Half Magic Is More Important Than Good

    By Gary M. Kramer– Heather Graham directs, writes, and stars in Half Magic, an ambitious and uneven comedy about female empowerment. The film, which opens theatrically at the Presidio and…

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