Television and Film: Stonewall is the Fall's Must See Movie

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The fall television schedule offers viewers much more the same fare: increasingly ludicrous reality series and low budget game shows. One pleasant return is the third season of “Please Like Me,” on Pivot. Created by Australian Josh Thomas, the series is a poignant coming of age story about the trials of a young gay man. A great alternative to the latest “Real Housewives” franchise.

As usual, the Hollywood studios have loaded the holiday movie schedule with lots of big budget action flicks. But, in between, there are plenty of films to appeal to increasing diverse audiences.

Director Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall” is already attracting scrutiny—and more than a little controversy—from LGBT activists, who charge the film trailers don’t accurately portray the role of drag queens and transgender people in the 1969 riots that launched the gay rights movement. Regardless, Jeremy Irvine is certainly cute and will look good on the big screen. Check it out for yourself, Sept. 25.

Apparently Ashton Kutcher’s portrayal a couple of years ago wasn’t good enough because another Steve Jobs biopic comes to the screen Oct. 9, appropriately titled, “Steve Jobs,” and starring Michael Fassbender.

Even though the zombie thing has been done to death on TV, the whole concept of goofy boy scouts taking on zombies armed with Swiss army knives and all those crazy rope knots sounds pretty campy. Catch “The Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” in theaters beginning Oct. 30.

Will “Spectre” be the last appearance of Daniel Craig as Agent 007? Find out Nov. 7. Jennifer Laurence picks up her bow for the final time when the four film “Hunger Games” trilogy finally comes to an end on Nov. 20 with the release of “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.”

We’ve all seen the Facebook meme about Pixar’s film strategy: Toys with feelings. Fish with feelings. Cars with feelings. Feelings with feeling. The studio’s latest film is about a dinosaur with feelings, “The Good Dinosaur,” opening Nov. 25, just in time for Thanksgiving.

The most anticipated release of the holiday movie season is J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” as the torch—or lightsaber—gets passed on to a new generation of young Jedi warriors, Dec. 18. Not in the mood to wait in lines with robe-clad science fiction fans? Tina Fey and Amy Poehler plan a party in “Sisters,” also opening Dec. 18.

On Christmas Day, former TV alien and indie film star Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the notorious leaker and fugitive, “Snowden.”

Check local listings for theaters and show times.

The Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival—rebranded last year as MiFo with its Miami counterpart—gets new life this fall with the arrival of festival director Victor M. Gimenez. The Classic Gateway Theatre again serves as home for the festival, Oct. 9 – 18, which will include over 60 LGBT features, shorts and documentaries. For a complete schedule of screenings and events, go to FLGLFF.com.


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