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  • "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.  

  • The holiday season is typically big for both Hollywood studios and local theaters, but just as audiences have turned to stream entertainment in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, so has the industry.

  • It’s not unreasonable to say that the moviegoing experience has lost some of its luster in recent years.

  • The 13th annual Fort Lauderdale edition of OUTshine LGBT Film Festival returns Oct. 14 – 24 with more than 40 features, documentaries and shorts, but most importantly, live screenings will finally be returning to theaters.

  • One of the South Florida LGBT arts presenters that’s been most effective in the pivot to pandemic-era safety protocols is the OUTshine Film Festival.

  • The OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival returns to Miami, April 22 – May 1, with a full schedule of more than 45 feature, documentary and shorts screenings, talkback sessions with filmmakers and actors, and glitzy parties.

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

  • In between the two world wars Germany saw an incredible renaissance of art, literature, theater, cinema and music.

  • 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?

  • Bill Eld (1945-1986) is not well-remembered today, but long ago he was a popular model in gay magazines and adult films.

  • It’s been a dozen years since the world was introduced to the Crawley family, the fictional British nobles who call Downton Abbey home, and their colorful cast of servants. 

  • Could there be an Emmy Award in Margaret Cho’s future? In Hulu’s “Fire Island” (which premiered June 3), as well as on HBO Max’s “The Flight Attendant,” Cho’s uncharacteristic restraint gives her queer characters, Erin and Utada respectively, an admirable depth and humanity.

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    “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.

  • It's the deadliest violent attack against LGBT people in American history. Most of the victims were Latinx.

  • 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.

  • The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center will be hosting a VIP benefit reception with photojournalist Smiley Pool at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale on April 7 at 5:30 p.m.

  • As the new Ryan Murphy-produced documentary “Pray Away” begins, a young man with a thick Southern accent is driving his car through the rain.

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