OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival continues its monthly 954 GLOW series with a special screening of “Swan Song” on Saturday, July 24 at 5 p.m. at the Gateway Cinema, 1820 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.

The film stars Udo Kier as Pat Pitsenbarger, an aging hairdresser who escapes his nursing home to style a dead woman’s hair (Linda Evans) for her funeral. He embarks on an odyssey across his small town of Sandusky, Ohio, and rediscovers his sparkle along the way. The film also features Jennifer Coolidge as Dee Dee Dale and Michael Urie as Dustin.

“Swan Song” is also available for on-demand streaming at home, July 25 – Aug. 2. The film will open in theaters on Aug. 6 and on-demand Aug. 13. For more information and tickets, go to OUTshineFilm.com.

Girl Power on Disney+

Marvel’s “Black Widow” was a box office smash — raking in $80 million at the theaters and an additional $60 million in streaming on opening weekend — until it wasn’t. Industry insiders are still buzzing about the spectacular drop-off the following weekend, possibly due to fears of the rapidly spreading COVID-19 Delta variant. 

There’s still plenty of room to socially distance in theaters, but even a modest flatscreen TV will do this big-budget spy thriller justice. It’s not the best Marvel movie, but the moxie and the onscreen chemistry between stars Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh make this origin story worth the price, either way you watch. 

Check local listings for theaters and showtimes. “Black Widow” is also available for streaming on-demand on Disney+ Premium.

Marky Mark is a Real Daddy in ‘Joe Bell’

“Joe Bell,” opening in theaters on July 23, is the intimate and emotional true story of an Oregonian father (Mark Wahlberg) who pays tribute to his gay teenage son Jadin, embarking on a self-reflective walk across America to speak his heart to heartland citizens about the real and terrifying costs of bullying.

The Academy Award-winning writing team behind “Brokeback Mountain” and director Reinaldo Marcus Green (“Monsters and Men”) make the most of this story, coaxing award-worthy performances from Wahlberg and co-stars Connie Britton and Gary Sinise. Not all the critics agreed with SFGN, but maybe they’re suffering from extended pandemic lockdowns in Hollywood.

Check local listings for theaters and showtimes.

Ailey: Dancing Man

Many know the name Alvin Ailey, but how many know the man? Ailey’s commitment to searching for truth in movement resulted in pioneering and enduring choreography that centers on African American experiences.  

Director Jamila Wignot’s documentary “Ailey,” opening in theaters on July 23, grants artful access to the elusive visionary who founded one of the world’s most renowned dance companies, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Despite a conventional approach to storytelling, the highlight of the film is the peppering of Ailey’s signature dances throughout, including “Revelations.” And like Ailey himself, the film largely glosses over his homosexuality, aside from a few references from his most intimate friends. 

Check local listings for theaters and showtimes.


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