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(Jake Choi), and they’re so dif­fer­ent they must be made for each other. This ro­man­tic com­edy is more ro­man­tic than comedic, some­times quite se­ri­ous but the mood never stays op­pres­sively heavy for long. RE­TAKE (***) Oct. 2, 7:05 p.m.

“Ver­tigo” meets “Pretty Woman” when mid­dle-aged Tuc Watkins hires young hus­tler Devon Graye to ride with him from San Fran­cisco to the Grand Canyon, role-play­ing his lost love in a re­cre­ation of their last trip to­gether. Life isn’t as sim­ple as movies but “Re­take” com­bines the best of both. TAEK­WONDO (**) Oct. 2, 9:20 p.m.

“Taek­wondo” is the teasingest movie ever, gay or straight. Fer (Lu­cas Papa) in­vites dreamy-eyed Ger­mán (Gabriel Ep­stein) to an Ar­gen­tine spa, where seven of­ten-naked but mostly straight dudes are in res­i­dence. Talk about a chorizo party! Ger­mán lusts after Fer and the cam­era stays in ev­ery­one’s crotch, tor­tur­ing the au­di­ence. LET­TER TO ANITA Oct. 3, 4 p.m.

In 1977 pop singer/pro­fessed Chris­tian/ or­ange juice pitch­woman Anita Bryant’s cru­sade hurt our move­ment but gal­va­nized us into ac­tion that led to many sub­se­quent (***) vic­to­ries. Dr. Ronni Sanlo lost cus­tody of her chil­dren be­cause of Bryant, lead­ing her to an in­spir­ing ca­reer of ac­tivism. She thanks Anita and we thank Ronni. LAZY EYE (***) Oct. 3, 7:15 p.m.

“Lazy Eye” sounds dread­ful but it isn’t. Dean ( Lu­cas Near-Ver­brug­ghe) and Alex (Aaron Costa Ga­nis) re­con­nect after 15 years, have a quickie, and talk. And talk. And talk. But the guys are real, their sit­u­a­tion in­trigu­ing, the di­a­logue in­ter­est­ing; and writer-direc­tor Tim Kirk­man (“Log­ger­heads”) knows how to make a movie. FIRST GIRL I LOVED Oct. 3, 8:15 p.m.

Year­book pho­tog­ra­pher Anne (Dy­lan Gelula) is crush­ing on soft­ball su­per­star Sasha (Bri­anna Hildebrand), but Anne’s best friend Clifton (Ma­teo Arias) re­acts badly be­cause he’s had a crush on Anne all this time. Re­live the agony and ec­stasy of your first same-sex crush, with Kerem Sanga’s novel nar­ra­tive style pro­vid­ing sur­prises. (***) PARIS 05:59: THEO & HUGO (***) Oct. 3, 9:20 p.m.

The amaz­ing 20-minute sex club se­quence is both artis­tic and porno­graphic, by any def­i­ni­tions. Théo (Ge­of­frey Couët) and Hugo (François Nam­bot) meet and THE SLIP­PERS (** 1/2) Oct. 4, 3:30 p.m.

With Hol­ly­wood nos­tal­gia like Turner Clas­sic Movies on steroids, this film fol­lows at least four pairs of ruby slip­pers Judy Gar­land wore in “The Wiz­ard of Oz,” which jump­started the movie mem­o­ra­bilia in­dus­try. A great hour­long doc­u­men­tary is stretched into a good hour-and-a-half fea­ture. BE­ING 17 (** 1/2) Oct. 4, 7:05 p.m.

Damien and Thomas fight in school but have to learn to live to­gether when Thomas moves in tem­po­rar­ily with Damien’s fam­ily. Damien is gay but if Thomas is too, he re­presses it bet­ter. Tech­ni­cally first-rate, the movie must have trig­gered some sup­pressed mem­o­ries to keep me from ap­pre­ci­at­ing it fully. CLOSET MON­STER (***) Oct. 4, 9:15 p.m.

The re­lat­able tale of a young man, Os­car Madly (Con­nor Jes­sup), strug­gling not to be gay, mixes with fan­tasy (Buffy, the talk­ing ham­ster) in Stephen Dunn’s new twist on Au­di­ence Award Best Doc­u­men­tary: Real Boy Jury Award Out­stand­ing First Fea­ture: Jonathan Jury Award Out­stand­ing Doc­u­men­tary: South­west of Salem: The Story of the San An­to­nio Four


U.S. Nar­ra­tive Au­di­ence Award: Miles Au­di­ence Award for Best First U.S. Dra­matic Fea­ture: Sui­cide Kale U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Spa Night In­ter­na­tional Grand Jury Prize: Be­ing 17 Grand Jury Award Best Doc­u­men­tary: South­west of Salem: The Story of the San An­to­nio Four Grand Jury Spe­cial Men­tion for Out­stand­ing Per­for­mance: Joe Seo in Spa Night Spe­cial Pro­gram­ming Award Emerg­ing Tal­ent: Twiggy Pucci Garçon and Sara Jor­denö, Kiki an old com­ing-out story. You may not like Os­car but you’ll root for him. SLASH (** 1/2) Oct. 5, 6:15 p.m.

Neil (Michael John­ston), 15, and Ju­lia (Han­nah Marks), 16, make an un­con­vinc­ing “bi­sex­ual” cou­ple as they bond over a mu­tual in­ter­est in writ­ing erotic fan-fic­tion – his gay, hers straight. They both just need to meet the right guy. REAL BOY (***) Oct. 5, 8:20 p.m.

In an up­beat, pos­i­tive look at the trans­gen­der ex­pe­ri­ence (without gloss­ing over dif­fi­cul­ties), Shaleece Haas has cre­ated a doc­u­men­tary that plays like a nar­ra­tive film. It fol­lows Rachel’s tran­si­tion to Ben­nett with the help of two amaz­ing friends, one in iden­ti­cal cir­cum­stances and one who’s been there and done that. AN ACT OF LOVE (***) Oct. 6, 6:45 p.m.

Con­ser­va­tive Methodists saw the writ­ing on the wall after Stonewall and pro­hib­ited min­is­ters from of­fi­ci­at­ing in same-sex wed­dings. Rev. Frank Schae­fer broke the rule for his own son and was de­frocked, then re­frocked, while the church re­mains split on the topic. The film should inspire oth­ers to follow their con­science.

Septem­ber 16, 2016

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