A&E: Hollywood Offers LGBT Movie Fans More Than Superheroes

Disney fans will be treated this summer to live action and CGI adaptations of classic animated films, including “The Lion King,” opening July 19. Credit: Walt Disney Studios.

Marvel kicked off the summer movie season last weekend with the box office blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame,” but LGBT movie fans have more to look forward to than just big budget superhero flicks.

Here are some of the hot tickets coming to a theater near you:

Poms” (May 10)

Diane Keaton (“First Wives Club,” “Book Club”) is back and this time she’s recruiting her friends at the retirement home to start a cheerleading team for seniors. Keaton is the queen of quirky female humor, but we can’t wait for the jokes when that first hip blows out. 

“Aladdin” (May 24)

“Aladdin” is one of several classic animated films to get an update. Fast-talking Will Smith takes over the role of the Genie created by Robin Williams and director Guy Ritchie (“Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”) will certainly take some liberties, too.

“Ma” (May 31)

Adorable Octavia Smith takes a dark turn as the creepy neighbor lady who lures a group of unsuspecting teens to party in her basement with the promise of alcohol…well, unsuspecting or just plain stupid. Based on the trailer, this has the making of a camp classic.

“Rocketman” (May 31)

Taron Edgerton stars—and sings, too—in this highly anticipated Elton John biopic. While “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the big screen story of Freddie Mercury and Queen, courted controversy from day one, this film has the potential to be a surprise summer hit. 

“The Dead Don’t Die” (June 14)

The cast of this  campy summer zombie comedy is decidedly A-list: Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Rosie Perez, Carol Kane, Danny Glover, RZA, Iggy Pop and more. Who really needs a plot? 

“Spider Man: Far From Home” (July 5)

Peter Parker is back in this sequel (Isn’t he supposed to be dead?) and this time he’s traveling in Europe on vacation with friends. Instead of swinging from the top of the Chrysler Building, he’s flying over the canals of Venice. Hunky Jake Gyllenhaal co-stars.

“The Lion King” (July 19)

Disney has assembled an all-star cast—Donald Glover, Beyonce, James Earle Jones and Billy Eichner—to voice the familiar creatures from the 1994 animated classic. Director Jon Favreau returns and, thankfully, nobody messed with Elton John’s tuneful score.

But, if you’re not inclined to head to the local cineplex any time soon, check out “Bonding,” the Netflix original series about an aspiring gay standup comic who takes a side gig as the assistant to a dominatrix. The “dominatrix community” is already up in arms about the inaccuracies of the show. We thought everything we saw on TV was rooted in truth, right? The eight 17-minute episodes are a quick watch. Binge away and you’ll still have time to take in a movie, too.          

Check local listings for theaters and showtimes. Watch “Bonding” at Netflix.com.