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  • Screen Savor: Not the greatest

    If “La La Land” was a modern tribute and love letter to vintage Hollywood movie musicals, then “The Greatest Showman” (20th Century Fox), with songs by Oscar-winning “La La Land” songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, is an unabashed and unwatchable homage to the faux musicals of Baz Luhrman. If any good comes of this fiasco, perhaps it will be a rush to bring cinematic versions of movie-worthy Broadway musicals such as “Kinky Boots”, “The Secret Garden” and “Hamilton” (and countless others) into production.

  • Screen Savor: Phantom menace

    There’s more than one intricate stitch sewn into the fabric of writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s Oscar-nominated “Phantom Thread” (Focus). As the final film of retiring actor Daniel Day-Lewis, it’s not only a high point for the performer who already has three Oscars to his name, but also for the filmmaker and supporting cast members.

  • Screen Savor: San Francisco Chronicled

    San Francisco’s transformation from hippie enclave to gay mecca to overpriced techie town has been well-chronicled in recent years. The subject is chiefly front and center this summer. It’s viewed through an LGBTQ lens in the new Netflix version of the Armistead Maupin series  “Tales of the City” and through the eyes of the African-American community in the exceptional indie theatrical release “The Last Black Man In San Francisco” (A24).

  • Screen Savor: Slave to Fashion

    The late, gay, groundbreaking fashion designer Halston (born Roy Halston Frowick) is such a fascinating subject that two separate filmmakers have made documentaries about him in this decade. In my 2012 review of Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, I said, “If you can overlook writer/director Whitney Sudler-Smith’s unnecessary and self-indulgent intrusiveness, his doc…is informative, enjoyable and respectful of its topic.”

  • Screen Savor: The Beirut of the problem

    Ongoing and recent events in Syria are a daily reminder of the fact that the Middle East has been in turmoil for generations. Hopes for peace in the region remain in doubt.

  • Screen Savor: The big O

    Opera begins with the letter O. Orgasm also begins with the letter O. After watching the documentary “Maria by Callas” (Sony Pictures Classics), it’s easy to imagine that many opera fans will find themselves in an orgasmic state. 

  • Screen Savor: The Hassle W/Trailer

    “The Hustle”(MGM/United Artists), a painfully unfunny wreck of a comedy that is a remake of 1964’s “Bedtime Story” and 1988’s “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” with a bit of “Taming of the Shrew” tossed in, raises more questions than it answers.

  • Screen Savor: The Loving Kind

    Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga star in Loving

    Those familiar with the fight for marriage equality know that it is not a new one. Almost 50 years before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, a mixed-race couple living in rural Virginia made history when their case, Loving v. Virginia, challenged the Commonwealth’s Racial Integrity Act and, with the aid of the American Civil Liberties Union, they triumphed.

  • Screen Savor: The notorious RBG

    As a subject of entertainment, the US Supreme Court has made its way into novels, TV series and movies. With Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s informative Ruth Bader Ginsburg doc, “RBG” (Magnolia), a Supreme Court Justice has become the central focus.

  • Screen Savor: Toying With Our Emotions W/Trailer

    Consider this, it’s been almost 25 years since the first Disney/Pixar “Toy Story” movie crossed our radar. Twenty years since “Toy Story 2” premiered and nine years since the Oscar-winning “Toy Story 3” played in theaters.
  • Screen Savor: Viva the diva en Español

    Anyone who has ever heard the late Spanish-language singer Chavela Vargas, who died at 93 in 2012, knows there’s more going on than meets the eye, or the ear, for that matter. With their respectful and revealing doc “Chavela” (Music Box Films), co-directors Catherine Gund and Dayesha Kyi give the true story of the ranchera diva a long overdue telling. The film seamlessly combines extensive Vargas interview footage from 1991 with vintage performance footage, as well as reverent interviews with gay filmmaking legend Pedro Almodovar, Vargas’ former manager Mariana Gyalui, singers Eugenia Leon, Miguel Bosé and Tania Libertad, cabaret owners Jesusa Rodriguez and Liliana Felipe, composer Marcela Rodriguez, fashion designer Elena Benarroch, photographer Tlany Ortega, former senator Patria Jimenez, and Jose Alfredo Jimenez Jr, son of composer Jose Alfredo,  as well as two of Vargas’ ex-lovers, lesbian author Betty Carol Sellen and human rights lawyer Alicia Perez Duarte, among others.

  • Screen Savor: When The It Hits The Fan W/Trailer

    Prolific author Stephen King doesn’t seem to have much luck when it comes to sequels to movies based on his books. See (or better yet, don’t) The Rage: Carrie 2Pet Sematary II and the Children of the Corn series. Perhaps his fortunes will change with Doctor Sleep, the forthcoming movie sequel to The Shining.

  • Screen Savor: Wrinkled beyond recognition

    Opening in theaters mere days after Disney won its umpteenth Best Animated Feature Oscar (for “Coco”), Ava DuVernay’s catastrophically boring, abysmal and embarrassing film adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s beloved Y/A novel “A Wrinkle in Time” (Disney) is not the studio’s first attempt at bringing the story to the screen. A mostly-ignored version came and went in 2003. Perhaps someone should have taken that as a sign that L’Engle’s tale of good triumphing over evil might not be meant for a cinematic interpretation. Instead, “A Wrinkle in Time” joins such costly Disney duds as “John Carter,” “Tomorrowland,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “The Lone Ranger” as one of the worst live-action movies ever released by the studio. At least it’s not a musical (see “Newsies,” or better yet, don’t).

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  • SFGN Nites for the Week of April 23 - 29, 2014

    Hundreds of sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen arrive in South Florida today for Humana Fleet Week Port Everglades. The festivities kick off Monday at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. Credit: U.S. Navy

     

    Thursday, 4/24

    Film

    Movie Night at the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, 1300 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, features Robert Mamoulian’s gender-bending classic, “Queen Christina,” the pre-Hayes Code film starring Greta Garbo and John Gilbert. Garbo, who was both bisexual and Swedish, lends her trademark “ambiguous sexuality, tragic aloofness and boyish playfulness” to her performance as the eccentric, cross-dressing monarch. The screening begins at 7 p.m. Gather early for refreshments and stick around for discussion afterwards. Information at Stonewall-Museum.org.

    Friday, 4/25

    Theater

    The House Theatre of Chicago (“Death and Harry Houdini”) brings its latest imaginative production, “Rose and the Rime,” to the Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theatre as part of the center’s Theatre Up Close series. When the town of Radio Falls, Mich., is trapped in perpetual winter for a generation, it’s up to the only remaining youth, a young girl named Rose, to break the curse of the Rime witch. But, the residents learn to be careful what they wish for. Through Sunday, May 18. For tickets and show times, go to ArshtCenter.org.

    Saturday, 4/26

    Music

    Lorna Luft returns to South Florida tonight at 8 p.m. for an intimate interview, audience Q&A and live performance at the Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Not only will Luft shed some light on her relationship with her mother, the iconic Judy Garland, she’ll discuss her own career and perform some of the songs that have made the women in her family famous. Tickets are $30 online and $40 at the door for “Up Close & Personal with Lorna Luft & Scott Nevins.” For tickets, go to SunshineCathedral.org.

    Sunday, 4/27

    Poetry & Prose

    Arts at St. John’s presents “Writing Women’s Voices,” a program of diverse readings—fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoirs—from the Women’s Writers Group, today at 2 p.m. at St. John’s on the Lake church, 4760 Pine Tree in Miami Beach. The program will include readings by Irene Sperber, “Have You Ever Been Crestone(d);” Ginger Vela, “Street Songs; and project director Carol Hoffman-Guzman, “Coño Means ‘I Love You’.” Other featured writers include Cassandra Buery, Rossie Cortes, Rosalind Merrit and Dena Stewart. The program is free. For more information, go to ArtsAtStJohns.com.

    Monday, 4/28

    Event

    Hey, sailor! It’s Human Fleet Week Port Everglades and hundreds of sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are arriving today for a week of liberty in South Florida. They’ll be participating in a wide variety of community service projects, as well as recreational and professional activities. The festivities kick off tonight at 6 p.m. with the All Hands on Deck Welcoming Party at the Seminole Paradise Shoppes in Hollywood. The public is invited to welcome our men and women in uniform. For a schedule of Fleet Week Port Everglades events, go to BrowardNavyDaysInc.org.

    Tuesday, 4/29

    Film

    One of our favorite “bisexual” actors, hunky Brit Tom Hardy (“Star Trek: Nemesis,” “Dark Knight Rises”), will be appearing live in a special video uplink at the Classic Gateway tonight before the screening of his new film, “Locke.” The thriller, which takes place over the course of a car ride, is a riveting exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of Hardy’s character, a seemingly successful, content construction manager and family man. For show times and tickets, go to TheGatewayTheatre.com.

  • SFGN Nites for the Week of December 10 - 16, 2014

  • SFGN Nites for the Week of December 16 - 22, 2015

    Arts, entertainment, and happenings around South Florida.

  • SFGN Nites for the Week of December 17 - 23, 2014