• Who doesn’t love pansexual icon Janelle Monáe? The fiercest of divas (sorry Bey) in the music world, there are few who can compare to her when it comes to the inventiveness of her musical creations. As an actress, known for her layered performances in the Oscar-winning “Moonlight” and the Oscar-nominated “Hidden Figures,” she is truly on a path to cinematic stardom.

  • Gay filmmaker David Freyne (“The Cured”) gets personal with his Ireland-set queer rom-com “Dating Amber” (Samuel Goldwyn Films).

  • Halloween 2020 is behind us. However, for some people, especially LGBT folks, Thanksgiving can be much scarier. 

  • Now that “Respect,” the Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson, has been pushed back to early 2021, you may find yourself craving the cinematic story of a pop diva other than Elton John or Freddie Mercury. You are in luck as we now have Unjoo Moon’s “I Am Woman” (Quiver Distribution), the Helen Reddy biopic, available on-demand and in theaters.

  • If you’ve ever seen Greg Mottola’s marvelous 1996 indie comedy “The Daytrippers,” starring Parker Posey, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, Hope Davis, and the late Anne Meara, then you know that New York City is a great place to try and catch a cheating spouse in action.

  • With no end to the COVID-19 pandemic in sight for the near future, college students have had to take a new and different approach to how they attend classes.

  • Almost a half-hour into “The Nest” (IFC Films/FilmNation), the devastating second feature film from Sean Durkin (director of the acclaimed 2011 movie “Martha Marcy May Marlene”), one character says to another, “We take the good with the bad when we marry. Although, I think that’s changing.”

  • “The True Adventures of Wolfboy” (Vertical Entertainment), the feature-length directorial debut of Martin Krejcí is a trans parable about self-acceptance and finding community.

  • ABC TV's "When We Rise" covers a lot of ground. The eight-hour presentation, which premieres on ABC TV on Feb. 27, begins in 1972 and ends in 2015, when the United States Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. The series, which will air over four nights, tells the deeply personal backstories of a diverse group of LGBT people who came to San Francisco looking for a safe haven from a homophobic world. They not only find home, they help launch a worldwide movement.

  • South Florida’s Winter Wonderland

    Winter Theater Guide -- Jan to March 2014

    South Florida’s Fabulous Festival’s

    South Florida's Many Museums

    9 Intriguing People of South Florida’s Arts Scene

    The Top 10 Hot Winter Tickets

    5 Exhibits You Must See

    Your Guide to Everything A&E This Winter

    South Florida's Gorgeous Gardens

  • If you were the least bit disappointed by “Antebellum” (and let’s face it, who wasn’t?), then “Spiral” (, airing on AMC Network’s Shudder channel, might be more to your liking. By combining elements from classic modern horror influences, from Polanski to Peele, and adding some specifically queer twists, “Spiral” has the potential to make your head spin — in a good way.

  • This year, 2013, was a queer year for film. Interestingly, and perhaps significantly, the most memorable films and performances did not feature gay men, as is usually the case. This year, queer-themed films showcased a heartbreaking turn by Jared Leto as a transsexual with HIV in “Dallas Buyers Club;” Lindsay Lohan engaging in some naughty bisexual misbehavior in “The Canyons;” and in the year’s most incredible film—the three-hour French lesbian romance, “Blue Is the Warmest Color” — a spectacular performance by Adéle Exarchopoulos as a young adult coming of age and to terms with her sexual identity.

  • Carole Baskins comes out as bisexual, Cara Delevingne becomes co-owner of sex toy company Lora DiCarlo, and Hallmark’s first LGBT Christmas movie premieres.

  • If you tune in to Lifetime or the Hallmark Channel during their annual holiday movie marathons leading up to Christmas, then you’ve probably already figured out the formula (swapping out the variables): Burned out (marketing exec/writer/photographer) is stranded in a (small mountain village/charming inn/family homestead) where she meets a (handsome single father/brooding handyman/prince of obscure European nation) and rediscovers the spirit of Christmas. 

  • In honor of the 16th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's passing, SFGN takes a look back upon some the books, plays and films that have attempted to explain his unique place in history. 

  • "If I hadn't done nudity, I might not have a career today," actress Shannon Elizabeth says in Danny Wolf's new documentary "Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies.” The two-hour-plus film, which comes to On Demand on Aug. 18, covers a lot of ground.  

  • If you are looking for a way to ease the quarantine blues, then the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Virtual Film Festival is for you.

  • A new take on an old classic and a restored version of another classic, both featuring lesbian vampires, offer a fun double feature for your Halloween viewing.

  • How would you like to watch a movie in a relaxing atmosphere?


    “Baby Driver” (TriStar) is a loud, fast-paced, cleverly choreographed and funny action movie; as delirious as it is derivative. “Baby Driver” borrows liberally from a handful of its predecessors, beginning with 2011’s “Drive,” in which a pretty getaway driver played by Ryan Gosling is under the thumb of an ugly cruel boss played by Albert Brooks. In the case of “Baby Driver,” Ansel Elgort’s Baby (not his real name) is beholden to Doc (an especially smarmy Kevin Spacey) until he pays back a large financial debt.

  • As modern, non-traditional sci-fi flicks go, Arrival (Paramount), directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario and Enemy) and starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forrest Whitaker, touches down somewhere between Under the Skin and The Martian. Playing with the perception of time and memory, Arrival introduces the concept of quid pro quo as a means of negotiating with alien visitors in what is destined to become a zero sum game.

  • Based on true events, “Hidden Figures” (Fox 2000), co-written/directed by Thomas Melfi (“St. Vincent”) is the kind of uplifting movie we so desperately need during this particular holiday season. Despite its unfortunate title (based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book of the same name), most of “Hidden Figures”may take place more than 50 years ago, but it remains as timely as ever. The film’s hot-button issues, including discrimination based on race and gender as well as strained relations with Russia, are sadly just as relevant today.

  • Writer/director (and occasional actor) Kenneth Lonergan has an ear for dialogue and the proven ability to transfer the way in which people speak and interact with each other from the page to the screen. It was vividly on display in his 2000 film You Can Count On Me, for which he received an Oscar nomination.

  • There is nothing new about the 3D animated feature “Sing” (Illumination Entertainment).

    It’s a familiar and formulaic story lifted from any number of Hollywood or Broadway musicals. There’s a crumbling theater. There’s the theater’s owner, Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey), whose lifelong love of the stage and a mission to do well by a deceased parent is the driving force behind his drive to save said crumbling theater.

    Naturally, he has a bumbling assistant, the lizard Miss Crawly (voiced by co-director and writer Garth Jennings), whose carelessness leads to a potentially problematic financial situation.

    Additionally, you will find a rag-tag assortment of characters who share a dream to make it big as a performer, in this case as singers auditioning for a talent competition. Among those characters is Meena (voiced by Tori Kelly), an elephant with a deadly case of stage-fright. Another is Rosita (voiced by Reese Witherspoon), a sow whose sizable brood and neglectful husband, deprived her of the chance to fulfill her dream. There is also a prickly (literally) teenage music snob, punk porcupine Ash (voiced by Scarlett Johansen), and a lifelong troublemaker and Rat Pack-style crooning mouse Mike (Seth McFarlane). Johnny (voiced by Taron Egerton), the sensitive gorilla son of a criminal father, and Gunther (voiced by Nick Kroll), a pig for whom singing, dancing and hamming it up makes him squeal (literally) with joy.

    And yet, in spite of not being especially engaging, and coming off as a series of separate stories that didn’t completely coalesce, “Sing” is unquestionably entertaining. It feels like a direct descendant of other colorful 2016 animated films, including “Zootopia” and “The Secret Life of Pets” (the anthropomorphized animals) and “Trolls” (the use of mostly recognizable music). It’s the kind of movie where audience members break into spontaneous applause, as if the characters on screen could actually hear them.

    As you might have guessed from the title, “Sing,” there is singing, and also dancing, interwoven with the tears and trauma. Equally as essential as the music to “Sing” is the comedy. Buster’s best friend, a sheep named Eddie (voiced by John C. Reilly) often provides some of the best comic relief to be found. The scenes with Buster and Eddie’s rich and retired actress grandmother Nana (voiced by Jennifer Saunders) and the gut-busting car wash sequence, alone, are reason enough to see “Sing.”

  • There are many things for which the year 2016 will be remembered, including one of the most divisive Presidential elections in the history of the United States. On the positive side, movies, long a reliable source of escapist entertainment didn’t disappoint. Considering that we will need plenty of this kind of pursuit in 2017 and beyond, here are my choices of the five best movies of 2016.

  • As diehard “Trekkies” eagerly await the opening this weekend of “Star Trek Beyond,” the 13th film in the 50-year-old science fiction franchise, controversy over one of the characters is just simmering down.