• Film documents Mormon role in gay marriage debate

    Reed Cowan’s reasons for making a film about the Mormon Church’s activism against gay marriage in California are personal. Gay and Mormon, Cowan clashed with his family over his sexual orientation and the beliefs of their faith, but it was a conversation between him and a sibling about her support of Proposition 8 that cemented his commitment to make the film: “8: The Mormon Proposition.” .... Read More
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    “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Remember the first time you saw Nick Park’s “The Wrong Trousers” or “Chicken Run”? Remember how it made you reevaluate everything you ever thought about claymation? Wes Anderson’s big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is sure to do the same for stop-motion animation. From the foxy, autumnal colors to the vintage rock and surf soundtrack.... Read More
  • The Snow White experience

    Prolific porn star Sasha Grey makes her mainstream movie debut as high-priced NYC escort Chelsea in Steven Soderbergh’s “The Girlfriend Experience” (Magnolia Home Enter-tainment/2929). Considered a “sophisticated” call girl, Chelsea brings a personal touch to the conversation and interactions that she has with her clients. She listens patiently and attentively as a number of her tricks e.... Read More
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    “An Education” “An Education” — directed by Lone Scherfig — is a fitting title for this story of teenager Jenny’s (Carey Mulligan) awakening at the hands of older man David (Peter Sarsgaard). Jenny, who lives with her parents Jack (Alfred Molina) and Majorie (Cara Seymour) in the London suburb Twickenham in the early 1960s, is prepping for her Oxford interview. While waiting for the .... Read More
  • Earthbound adventures

    When I first heard about “Adventureland” (Miramax), a 1980s straight coming-of-age story set mostly in an amusement park, I thought of Todd Stephens’ “Edge of Seventeen.” Only the latter was a 1980s gay coming-of-age story with an amusement park backdrop. Written and directed by Greg Mottola (“Superbad” and the far superior “The Daytrippers”), “Adventureland” is an amusing ta.... Read More
  • Xmas jollies

    After making serious dramatic films such as “Back Soon” and “3-Day Weekend,” gay filmmaker Rob Williams puts his delightful sense of humor on display with the hilarious comedy “Make The Yuletide Gay.” The farce surrounds college student Olaf (Keith Jordan), who is out and proud on campus, but thinks he’s closeted where his family and neighbors back home in Wisconsin are concerned. Th.... Read More